Breaking: Deadly Building Collapse 40 Frank Ct

Upper portion of 40 Frank Ct(Department of Buildings) fell off foundation 4 workers injured. 1 Critically. A 25-year-old construction worker has died at Lutheran Hospital as a result of his injuries.

The Department of Buildings officials are investigating whether the work was being done in compliance with the permit.

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91 comments to Breaking: Deadly Building Collapse 40 Frank Ct

  • Anonymous

    Just saw it on the news. I pray the man that was injured will be okay.

  • Anonymous

    what a tragic thing, hope the person that was injured is going to be alright…

  • Anonymous

    The news reported that the top floor shifted. But after looking at the pictures, it looks like the lower supporting wall callapsed causing the 2nd floor to topple over.

  • Anonymous

    I live around the corner on gain. I see these guys everyday on the way to work. I hope they are all okay. The house next to it was just finished being built. I hope that the house is okay

  • GerritsenBeach.net

    The critically injured worked has died of his injuries.

  • Anonymous

    My Prays go out to the one that is injured. And to the Family that lost one. Very Sad.

  • anonymous

    who’s house is it ????

    • Anonymous

      According to DOB the property is owned by Kurt Musser. there have been numerous complaints and violations over several years.

      • Anonymous

        Before you begin to write anything, get the facts straight!! Kurt Musser hasn’t owned that house over 4yrs!! Its has been sold, and had two other owners after!! Get your facts straight asshole!!

  • mamabear

    this is horrible…the poor mother lost her son for an honest days work…horrible…theres so much id like to say about the accident today but does it really matter…someone died at the hands of being cheap and shiesty

  • [...] (2:40 p.m.): We were told earlier that one of the injured workers was in critical condition. Others are reporting the worker has died of his wounds. We have not yet confirmed [...]

  • So So sad!!!! lets just pray for the men and their families!!!! It doesnt matter who owned it, who owns it now…..all that matters is that a man lost his life and our prayers should go out to all of them who worked on the house and their families <3

  • mamabear

    im so glad km is not the owner…i too thought he was am glad its not him

    • Anonymous

      Mamabear, KM may not be the owner now, but he is responsible for alot of what happened. Between 2006 to 2008 there are $37,500.00 in violations that were never corrected or paid by him. Violations include..work W/O permit…failure to comply to obtain a permit… heavy debris…unkept property and so on! Even the news said they couldn’t understand how this property could be sold or have construction done.

  • Anonymous

    Musser, Musser, Musser. Anything they own or touch is no good.

  • Anonymous

    The sign on that truck should say “Roofing and Sliding.”

  • Anonymous

    Sorry for the man that died..Can someone give me the name of that builder I would like to use him for my next house…..

  • Anonymous

    people a man died today lets have some respect for him

  • Anonymous

    We are we all gave our condolences…

  • Denise Garrett

    Nothing should matter except for the fact that a young man, no matter what country he came from has died trying to make a living today. We should be ashamed over the bashing and finger pointing that is going on and show some respect as a community for that poor man who has died and his family for their loss!
    May he R.I.P.

  • anonymous

    Construction Worker Killed in Brooklyn Collapse
    By AIDAN GARDINER
    Updated 5:40 p.m. | A 25-year-old construction worker died in Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, on Tuesday morning when part of a house collapsed, Fire Department officials said.

    The man, Santos Garcia of Borough Park, Brooklyn, was pronounced dead at Lutheran Medical Center, the police said.

    Mr. Garcia and five colleagues were converting a one-story bungalow-like building into a two-story home at 40 Frank Court, the Buildings Department said. He was climbing a ladder along the side of the building to begin roofing work when the second-story addition slipped from its foundation and crashed into the neighboring home, said a spokeswoman for the department, Ryan FitzGibbon.

    Three other workers were injured, none of them seriously, fire officials said.

    A preliminary investigation showed that the wood in the building had deteriorated over time and that the upper addition had not been properly secured, both of which led to the accident, Ms. FitzGibbon said.

    The building has a city permit for “enlargement and interior renovation,” issued March 27.

    Ms. FitzGibbon said that building officials would continue their investigation and interview managers at J.D. Construction, Mr. Garcia’s employer, to determine if they should be held responsible.

    “We’re going to look into everything,” Ms. FitzGibbon said. “Once we do make a determination on that, they could be subject to violation if they didn’t follow the rules.”

    Several calls to J.D. Construction, which is based in Gravesend, Brooklyn, were not returned on Tuesday.

    Building officials temporarily evacuated the neighboring house, which debris had fallen onto, in order to dismantle the building at 40 Frank Court. The residents were expected to be allowed to return home Tuesday evening, Ms. FitzGibbon said.

    .

  • Anonymous

    J&d thanks I will look them up..They must have great prices on building homes..

  • Anonymous

    I just heard they were using chop sticks to hold the house up…

  • Kelly D

    Some not all Typical Racist comments.All by anonyasse’s as usual.,If you are going to post a Racist or Cruel remark have the guts to post your name’s.

  • Anonymous

    It doesn’t matter who the previous owner the house was sold yes the house had violations but he is not responsible for anything that happened the house was sold wasn’t it and the house had permits for the work so I would say that maybe the house was not properly inspected before the permits were issued. A man died and it is sad thats all that should matter not who once owned the house.

  • Anonymous

    I think you all are disgraceful for blaming Kurt Musser and for slandering their family name. He HAS NOT owned the house in over 4 years, the bank took it over and sold it. And from what I have heard the whole neighborhood (especially the neighborhood real estate brokers) have tried to purchase this house before the developer that owns it now. All the hate for the Mussers i think its disgusting. A man died and all you people keep talking about is the Musser’s, get a life!

    • Anonymous

      Kurt Musser slandered his family’s name himself, long before this.

      • Anonymous

        I agree! Had Kurt taken care of the violations and brought the property up to code when he owned it, this man would be alive today.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t get it Kurt owned it, sold it 4yeats ago, it had 2 other owners after! So why is it his fault when the fines would of been payed at a closing! And what about the owner now, he isn’t responsible? People are slandering this kid, his family for what!! If the owner now built the house right, this wouldn’t of happened. And the DOB don’t they inspect anything?

          • Anonymous

            Out of the 9 violations 8 of them are still open in Kurts name. The one that is closed was dimissed under the previous owner.

  • kp

    Why Lutheran Hospital? Whatever happened to going to Coney Island Hosp? Don’t understand it.

  • Anonymous

    To the worker may u rest in peace . To the contractor, I saw the house 2 weeks ago and it was taken down to almost the ground.shame on u for not buildind and securing this structure prperly before u put a monstrous second floor on it!and for everyone in gb ask doreen greenwood she tried to buy the house from the BANK like everyone else!

  • An

    This house was a BANK SALE , sold to FRANK CT LLC for 105k in December of 2012.
    They were obviously flipping it.

    So sorry for the loss of this man, my thoughts go out his family. Thank God , it was not finished and more people were hurt like a family, even though the loss of on person is horrid enough!

  • Anonymous

    To the building dept 95 percent of gerritsen beach homes r illegal n have violations. I will start sending adresses for every illegal house in that neighborhood!

    • long time GB resident

      Ohhhhhhh get a life , what the hell does that have to do with anything, idiot… a man is dead and you’re on here threating homeowners about illegal apts and violations, accidents happen, even when things are done right… how about this, go out and find yourself a life, and thank your lucky stars it wasnt you or one of your loved ones up on that roof

  • Arnie Montag Architect

    Truly sad that a person who went to work did not return home and yet some people can make jokes or stereotype that they were all Mexican’s I doubt that they were all Mexican’s anymore than Italians are Irish and Germans are Swedish … I’m sure the workers could have been El Salvadorian, or from Honduras, or Guatemala, or Dominican, or Cuban … Maybe some people need a map and globe in their home instead of only owning an X-box and a bong.. I pray never to have to see another collapse or another injury or death. The NYC Dept of Building’s (which unfortunately is understaffed and possibly under-trained needs to get it’s act together and start making inspections like the rest of the country just as done on Long Island.. DOB typically comes out to the site only at the very end for the final inspection looking for handrails, smoke detectors, etc… and it’s hard to believe that under the present system that they may never see the structure of a building! It was only a couple of weeks ago that another house collapsed in Rockaway, Queens from shoddy work. Believe it or not there is absolutely no testing what so ever in order to be a contractor in NYC unlike the majority of other states. We can give an exam in all languages and weed out the inexperienced and probably save many lives! The city must start making inspections at each and every phase of the work similar to the way buildings are inspected across the country and the way NYC did it up until the 1970′s with budget cuts.. I wonder how many people died before the budget cuts? Unfortunately DOB relies on the Architect and Engineer to make inspections which doesn’t always work since some “professional’s” never actually make their inspections and do “drive-by” inspections and many other Architect’s are not even licensed and yet many times contractors do not notify the professional’s to make their inspections and just keep working unsupervised and unchecked.. G_d forgive me if it is disrespectful to discuss this now at a time that someone has lost their life but I see this as an opportunity for someone in NYC to start thinking about safety other than wasting tax payers money printing “safety” signs that are only posted in the Dept of Building’s hallways, how about giving them out to the Architects and Engineers to post at every job site and make it the law to have them posted.

    I pray never to have to hear about another collapse and that NYC finds away to provide a means for proper inspections. Sadly enough i have just been informed that a crane collapsed in Manhattan and there are deaths

    Arnie Montag, Licensed Registered Architect

    • trainman

      To Arnie Montag architect,
      To expect this kind of tragedy to end by simply hiring new inspectors is like expecting employers of these “new” workers to put safety and quality workmanship before profit. It ain’t going to happen.

      Simply put, MOST employers that I have known in the last 40 years have one goal and that is to make as much money as fast as possible and if a few unfortunate people get injured or even killed, well, it’s their fault, they made the mistake . The last 17 years I worked before retirement I was instructed to train these recent immigrants in a field that was unfamiliar to them. What I mean by that is most of these people were from the poorest sections of their country with very little schooling and very little worldly experience. Add to that trying to teach someone that usually knows very little English adds to the difficulty. In your profession, teaching one of these people to nail a piece of wood upright is one thing but understanding the purpose of that wood in a load bearing wall,is another thing.

      I read in today’s NY Daily News that shortly before the collapse of that roof the workers were joking about the stability of that building. If you had well-trained workers there they would have understood the danger involved and would have left that work site immediately.

      • Anonymous

        Trainman, you’re absolutely right. Trying to train people who do not have an understanding of the English language or understand the fundamental principals of their trade is virtually impossible. Just because someone started in carpentry when they were 15 or 16 doesen’t make them a carpenter. That’s what schools are for. In all area’s there are mathematics involved. Example: How many 2×4′s or 4×4′s are needed to support a certain amount of weight per square foot or how many and what types of supports are needed in the basement to support the weight of a two story structure with an area surface of 2000 square feet. Just like some self taught electicians. They may know how to run a 120 or 220 line, but they do not have an understanding of the theory behind splitting lines and phasings. without propper schooling, no reliable company would hire these people.

        • trainman

          Yes Anonymous you do have an understanding of what’s involved working with the undocumented workers. In the 17 years I worked with approximately 100 immigrants. Some lasted only a few weeks and some longer. A few I got to know pretty good and we worked together over 10 years. Their highest earning years was still less than half my pay scale even though they averaged 20 hours more a week then I did which extremely please my boss . Most were hard-working and respectable but the most troubling parts was their lack of understanding of the most basic fundamental life style in a big city. For the most part these people were rural farmers. In their zeal to please they would never admit to not understanding a command in fear of disappointing you and/or losing their job. And for me that was the most difficult part of working with them. I would give them a job and they would say okay only to find out later that they did the job completely different creating all kinds of problems for me and for the department. I never wished themm ill will in fact I admired them to come to a country like this unable to speak the language or customs and carve out a life for themselves. But now with a 9+ unemployment rate for American citizens, I personally feel any business or individual that hires these people are not only greedy opportunists, they are also lousy citizens.
          PS Where are all the politicians regarding illegal immigrants?
          Where are the politicians who say they are working to restore stability to our economy?

  • Anonymous

    To answer the question, “Why Lutheran Hospital? Whatever happened to going to Coney Island Hosp? Don’t understand it.” The injuries sustained by the worker required a trauma center that can properly handle it. Coney Island is a general purpose hospital and is not equipped to handle major trauma, nor are there any trauma specialists there. There is what they call the “Golden Hour” for trauma victims to get them the best possible trauma care. The other trauma center in Brooklyn is Kings County. Given GB’s closeness to the Belt Lutheran was the best choice.

    And before someone starts jumping on me I spent over 30 years doing EMS; volunteer, private and EMS/FDNY so I have a “little” knowledge.

  • long time GB resident

    Ohhhhhhh get a life , what the hell does that have to do with anything, idiot… a man is dead and you’re on here threating homeowners about illegal apts and violations, accidents happen, even when things are done right… how about this, go out and find yourself a life, and thank your lucky stars it wasnt you or one of your loved ones up on that roof

    • Beachwalker

      LTGBR, You are sooo right. (As well as Arnie Montag and both Denises’.) I’m glad that other comment is hidden and have no desire to see what it was. Who cares where the worker is from? He may have had a wife and kids who would be very young. He was so young, a son, a brother etc. How can people be so heartless? Roofing and construction are dangerous jobs, even if everything is being done right. I don’t get someone threatening to “report” violations by other people, REALLY, you have NOTHING better to do? MYOB tattletale! Let DOB sort it out. R.I.P Santos Garcia

  • long time GB resident

    Arnie Montag, Licensed Registered Architect… Well said

  • long time GB resident

    @ Arnie Montag, Licensed Registered Architect… Well said

  • Anonymous

    The first reports from the news stated that the 2nd floor wasn’t properly anchored to the lower foundation causing it to slide off causing one worker to die from his injuries. I feel for the poor mans family because it sounds like a major construction factor was forgotten about. This could have been much worse if the house was completed and a family moved in and 1, 2, 3 months down the road this happened. In no way am I belittling this mans death. One death is one too many. There have been many houses like this one in the beach that have been torn down and rebuilt from scratch. Prospective owners really need to do their research when hiring contractors. Find out what other jobs they have done, visit those sites and talk to the people to see if they are happy with the work. Make sure the contractor is licensed, insured and have no violations against them. Insist on seeing any and all permits required before any work is started. A reliable contractor will supply you with all this information before any work is started.

  • Anonymous

    A man has died and all u people have no respect what so ever R.I.P to this worker and to the contractor and inspectors what were you gentlemen doing. Who is the site safetey manager.u all need to learn how to enjoy a better life one day

  • Anonymous

    What happened gb got nervous about the guy who is gonna start giving addresses to the dept of buildings . Don’t worry its gonna hapoen

  • Anonymous

    Yes someone from the DOB should be aSsigned to that area and start checking these contractors

  • Anonymous

    Those illegal apartments are the ones that ruined GB..Renting to mostly garbage…

  • Anonymous

    Iam hiring homes n homes to come check every house in gb..

  • Anonymous

    Every basement apartment is illegal in gb and no one ever paid any taxes on their income either.gb is in for a rude awakening! U get what u deserve in life

  • Anonymous

    Everywhere you go these days it’s like playing Monopoly. Do not pass go! do not collect $200.00! Go directly to jail! I for one say more power to the people that have basement apartments. And not all of them are illegal. They provide a place for people to live. Also, New York is in the top 5 highest taxed states in the U.S.! If you can make some extra cash on the side God bless you! we’re no longer living the American dream, we’re struggling to survive these days.

    BTW..to the person who wants every house in GB checked. I do not have a basment so don’t bother sending them here…LOL

    • trainman

      Anonymous, I totally agree with you. If you could rent out a spot in your house and make some extra cash, go for it. The down side is if you have an illegal apartment and you don’t claim the rent as income on your income tax statement, you may be risking a lot more than you bargained for.
      If you have a fire at your premises that causes major damage you may have a problem with your homeowner’s insurance company If they find out you had an illegal rental and they will investigate to avoid paying out a couple hundred thousand dollars, can void out your policy leaving you holding the bag for repairs. That scenario happened twice in the last few years here in the beach.
      Just a word of caution, if you’re going to rent out space in your house you should be aware of the consequences.

      • Anonymous

        Rent it to what type of people..little scumbag drug dealers or to the people standing in from of dereks drinking tall boys n thinking about what car or house Iam going to rip off…keep it in the family or friends..

      • Anonymous

        Most apts. in GB are not legal. Renting out your basement or extra living space isn’t just a risk for the homeowner, it makes the quality of life for all suffer. We all lose parking spaces, privacy & pride of ownership. The fly by night tenants just do not care about the community. Hopefully the DOB will start cracking down on illegal apartments & construction here.

      • Anonymous

        Very true Trainman. A homeowner could lose everything if the isurance company found out you had a illegal apartment. It’s a gamble and some people are willing to take that chance. If it’s a legal apartment and the house is insured, the homeowner has nothing to worry about. But as with all apartments it’s a good idea for the renter to take out insurance as well. The homeowner is not resposible for your personal belongings or furniture if something were to happen.

  • Anonymous

    Damn its getting dark in GB…

  • Anonymous

    They should call this site fingerpointing.net.

  • Anonymous

    It’s over…sell before its really far gone..let your young kids grow up in LI or NJ…

    • Anonymous

      LI? HA!! NJ? BIGGER HA!! I’ll take the devil I know..The island is one big ghetto & NJ is a cancerous cesspool.

      • Anonymous

        Where do your children go to j.h.s. n h.s. ???? You better break out your check book because you will be paying for private school..sheepshead bay h.s. what a joke…

      • Anonymous

        Let me here what schools you have in mind to send your children after 277…

        • bagels

          Give 278 a look. If your kid is academically solid they could get into the park prep, olympic or CIG programs. My sister moved her son from catholic school and was extremely happy with the teachers and staff. In the process she learned how lacking a catholic school education was in terms of the rigor of the curriculum. There’s free tutoring after school if your kid needs extra help As far as high school is concerned – the application allows 12 choices. My daughter is in Murrow and loves it and my nephew got into the humanities program at Madison.

      • Anonymous

        Start teaching your children to play an instrument,maybe they will have a shot for mark twain…

      • Pixie

        What do you think is under White Island ? Not to mention the Plant and Garbage Trucks on Knapp Street.The Beach is no Better than NJ & LI,the only thing is the People in the Beach think it is.Grand Illusions.

    • bagels

      You can run but you can not hide. If your kids want to find trouble, they’ll find it regardless of where you live.

  • Anonymous

    I hope everyone got out that house that went on fire..God bless..

  • KICK IN THE BUTT

    Does everyone know that they are trying to get plans approved to build condos on top and in back of the CHIMES MEDICAL CENTER.

  • Anonymous

    The General Contractor should be in Jail……..Period the end. Your building the house you should know what your doing. In another artical it says the workers were affraid to work there….it was known. The GC should be arrested. Pure Neglect!!!!!!

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