Worker Hurt at Binghamton Hotel Demolition Site
A man was injured while working on preparations for a major demolition project on Binghamton's West Side.
The incident happened Thursday morning at the old Sheraton Inn building at 50 Front Street.
Authorities say emergency crews were called to the site at 9:15 a.m. after the man sustained apparent head injuries. He had been cutting pipes in the boiler room of the massive complex when something hit him in the head.
Binghamton police and fire units were sent to the south side of the seven-story structure.
Fire department duty chief Mark Whalen said emergency workers cut away doors to be able to remove the injured man from the building. He was transported to a hospital by a unit from Superior Ambulance Service. His name and condition was not known.
The asbestos removal work at the site is being performed by Sunstream Corporation of Binghamton. A man who answered a reporter's call Thursday afternoon said "we have no comment about anything."
A spokesman for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Friday said the agency has opened an inspection with M.G.M. Insulation Incorporated of Rochester in connection with the incident. Representatives of M.G.M could not be reached for comment.
Newman Development Group has plans to build a $20 million residential and commercial project at the site. The new facility is to be called River Landing at 50 Front.
This story has been updated to reflect information provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
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