17-year-old construction worker falls from Freeport roof, in critical condition

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A 17-year-old construction worker is in critical condition after falling from scaffolding on the roof of a home in Freeport.

Police say the teenager and another man were working on a home on South Bayview Avenue when they fell at least 30 feet when makeshift scaffolding collapsed.

The mayor of Freeport says the teenager hit his head and is now in critical condition at South Nassau Communities Hospital. The other employee was taken to Nassau University Medical Center.

Neighbor Rick D'Anna says the construction crew was hardworking, but took unnecessary risks.

Freeport Village officials say AMSJ Construction has permits to build the house at the site, but did not have a permit for the makeshift scaffolding and the company has been cited for the violation.

D'Anna, who has 21 years of construction experience working in Manhattan, says the crew did not practice safety measures.

Officials put "unsafe" notices at the construction site following the accident. The names of the injured workers have not been released.

 

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