Are Hoboken Construction Sites Safe?

10/30/2007:

Time for the network news media to come down and investigate this further. FOX 5, ABC News, do you feel this is a worthy story now?

A commenter from JClist.com mentioned yet another incident of falling debris at the W Hotel site. She had a baby in the car apparently.

Falling Debris from Hoboken Construction Site

Hey folks – just a heads up (no pun intended). My sunroof just got smashed to smitherines by chunks of falling debris at a Hoboken construction site – the highrise building along the river – Frank Sinatra Drive – it has a white facade – directly facing the Hudson River.

I had my baby in the car as I was driving by the site around 11am. Luckily the sunroof was closed. Scared the living crap out of me.

I spoke to a cop and someone at the sight and they pretty much shrugged their shoulders and told me to file a report. So be careful if you’re in that vicinity. I just found out my deductible is $500, even for glass. I can’t believe it.

I just contacted the Hoboken Building Department – they’re telling me they have nothing to do with the project – it’s the Department of Community Affairs and a Port Authority project. It is the site of the W Hotel.

I called NJ Community Affairs and they’re telling me they have nothing to do with the project and I have to call Port Authority.

Wonder what I’ll be doing for the rest of my afternoon?

10/2/2007 Request:

Calling out anyone who’s car was affected by the recent “Flying Debris”, or if anyone happened to snap some pictures of the damage, etc. Please send photos to email address at the top right of the screen. Thank you!

10/1/2007 Update:

Just a few minutes ago, (had date code wrong before.. happened at 1:30pm) it was reported that yet more cement had come down off the W Hotel construction site and damaged an individuals car.

Shouldn’t there be signs? Like: “Warning- Park at your own risk. Sloppy construction going on above!”

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See the previous concrete incident from last month after the jump.

9/6/2007: The Sky is Falling!!

Overheard on the live police scanner yesterday, as well as substantiated by a Hoboken411 reader, hear about this potentially fatal mishap that occurred at the W Hotel site yesterday!

“I was driving along River Street at 1:30 pm today near the W Hotel Building where they are doing major construction. Huge chunks of gravel dumped off the top of the construction site like a dumptruck driver had backed up his load off the building. Not just a little bit, but it kept coming and left a huge pile in the street. The “safety” nets were worthless as the rocks crashed through. I was driving slowly enough to stop in time, but I could have had rocks crash through my windshield within seconds had I not noticed – or someone could have been killed walking in that area. What is being done to ensure our safety with all the development in this town???! Where do you report this sort of hazard?

I just want to know what can be done about keeping construction sites safe for pedestrians and cars, being that there’s development on every other block in Hoboken.

Thanks!”

Someone could have been killed…

What I vaguely recall overhearing on the scanner was that some kind of cement pumping pipe burst or exploded, sending debris down that caused three cars to get damaged. The extent of the damage was not clear, nor was the exact location (this could well be a different incident, but I found it too coincidental with the timing of the readers email to me).

In addition, I heard one officer indicate it was “the second time it happened this year“.

Regardless, are city officials paying close enough attention to the work ethic at these sites? Does the fact that this property is owned by the Port Authority limit who manages the safety of the conditions? What about the rest of the city, and all the new construction?

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29 Responses

  1. monk says:

    I ride my bike by this place often and I can tell you that on more than one instance I have heard debris fall down onto cars. Most of the time it is a just a little but another time it was quite loud. Strange thing was with that with the larger falls it was well past normal construction site hours which I couldn’t figure out why it would fall. It def hit some cars.

  2. strand tramp says:

    nice to know the city and the HPD are looking out for PUBLIC SAFETY.

  3. IRONMAN says:

    These incidents are scary and have happened too many times recently. It is very lucky no one has been injured or worse.

    Someone should write a latter to the Hoboken Reporter so as to make sure the entire community is aware.

  4. drednik says:

    [QUOTE] Time for the network news media to come down and investigate this further. FOX 5, ABC News, do you feel this is a worthy story now? [/quote]

    I guess 411 doesn’t favor NBC, but I talked to someone there about this today. No idea if they’ll do anything, but we can hope.

    And seriously, FOX 5? :roll:

  5. ezl says:

    About 2-3 months ago a saw what looked like a big sheet of plywood (like 8 x 10 or something like that) fall from the top. It landed on some cars parked on on Sinatra Dr. If it hit a pedestrian they definitely would have been hurt/killed.

  6. ThankYou says:

    For falling debris from a construction site call:

    OSHA EMERGENCY HOT-LINE
    * 1-800-321-OSHA

    * Free Hot-Line for reporting LIFE-THREATENING WORKPLACE HAZARDS

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides a free hot-line for reporting workplace safety or health emergencies. The service provides a 24-hour point of contact so that those who want to notify OSHA as soon as possible of imminent dangers on the job can do so.

  7. zxcv says:

    In NYC the Building Department takes these things seriously, tracking incidents, fining companies, and issuing stop-work orders:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/19/nyregion/19fall.html

    Here? “I dunno. Duuuh, go talk ta da udder guy…”

    Dipshits.

  8. hobojoe says:

    The contractor on the job is required to have a substantial insurance policy. These policies typically also cover damage such as this. If you have a police report filed, take it up with your insurance company. If your insurance company is worth anything, they will hit up the contractor’s insurance and get your deductible back.

  9. hoboken hammer says:

    Probably not a smart idea to park your car near a construction site anyway, especially with a kid in the car. Seems like common sense to me.

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