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Construction Worker Dies in Fall From NYU Building

By Janon Fisher and Gustavo Solis –

MANHATTAN — A construction worker died Friday morning after falling about 70 feet from an unprotected area on a 6-story NYU building, officials said.

Jamie Sillart, 56, who fell onto the roof of the adjacent building about 11:30 a.m., was rushed to Bellevue Hospital where he died, according to authorities.

“I’m pretty destroyed at the moment,” a friend of the worker, who did not give his name, said.

The hoist area where the worker fell is supposed to have safety protections like guardrails, according to the Department of Buildings. Officials said he landed on the roof of 269 Green St.

Sillart, of Bergenfield, NJ, also did not have the proper training certification to work on a support scaffold, the DOB said.

A full stop work order was issued to the building Friday.

The worker, who delivered brick and concrete to masons at the jobsite, had only been with the company, D.P. Consulting and Construction Corporation, for three weeks, the a colleague said.

The fatal accident occurred at 19 University Place, where the school had contracted for facade repairs from June 25 to Oct. 1, according to the NYU website. The deadline was extended into December, a college spokesman said.

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