[Marxism] Columbia hit with 59 code violations since campus expansion
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Sat Mar 24 07:46:18 MDT 2012
Columbia hit with 59 code violations since campus expansion
Work shut down 13 times since 2010
By Greg B. Smith AND Corky Siemaszko / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, March 23, 2012, 10:10 PM
THE TRAGIC death of a hardhat who was demolishing a building owned by
Columbia University came after the school and its contractors racked up
a slew of safety complaints, the Daily News has found.
The Ivy League institution has been hit with 59 code violations and has
been forced to shut down work 13 times since launching its controversial
campus expansion two years ago, building records show.
The complaints were spread across the 64 properties located on the
17-acre site, which runs from 125th to 133rd Sts., and between 12th Ave.
Workers were flagged for everything from improperly removing fire
sprinklers to blocking fire exits and failing to shore up listing walls,
the records show.
In fact, as city inspectors picked through the ruins of the warehouse on
W. 131st St. where 69-year-old Juan Ruiz was killed Thursday, a tipster
warned that a wall on another Columbia-owned building a block away was
close to giving way, The News has learned.
Columbia spokeswoman Victoria Benitez declined to discuss the deadly
collapse or the prior violations, citing the ongoing Buildings
“Their official determination of the facts is an essential step in the
process,” she said.
Ruiz — and the two workers who survived the building collapse — were
employed by Breeze National, a Brooklyn-based outfit that was headed for
years by Lucchese crime family associate Toby Romano. Breeze officials
say his son now runs the company.
City inspectors suspect the collapse was caused when a worker sliced
through a support beam.
Breeze, however, said that horizontal beam was spliced to another beam.
And it was the bolts connecting the two pieces that failed.
Ruiz was the second worker to die during construction of Columbia’s new
$6.4 billion campus.
Jozef Wilk, a 51-year-old Polish immigrant who also worked for Breeze,
fell to his death while demolishing another Columbia-owned building on
King Range, 60, and Sakim Kirby, 30, the two workers who survived the
collapse that killed Ruiz, were both in stable condition at St. Luke’s
Kirby’s dad said his son is in a lot of pain.
“It’s surreal,” he said. “I want to know what happened and who is
responsible for what happened to my son.”
With Henrick Karoliszyn
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