Manhattan Bridge Painter Fell to His Death Yesterday

Posted on: November 18th, 2021 at 5:04 am by

Bridge Worker in Aug. 2021, Photo: Roger Bultot

Two workers painting on the Manhattan Bridge fell from the East River span Wednesday afternoon, one of whom plunging 100 feet to his death, officials said.

The victim, described as a 37-year-old man, was part of a ten-person paint crew. A police spokeswoman said that all were using safety harnesses, and had been on the Manhattan side of the bridge when the accident happened.

According to several published reports, the crew started to unhook and reattach themselves as they changed position, and the man reportedly lost his footing in a gust of wind. He landed near the intersection of Pike Slip and South Street at about 2:00pm, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other man, 55, was taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.

No criminality is suspected.

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