A 52-year-old construction worker from Newark is in critical condition after falling Monday afternoon from the new building under construction at the site of the former Annin Flag factory.
According to the Verona Police Department’s acting chief of police, Christopher Kiernan, the VPD got a 911 call for a fall victim at 1:41 p.m. Monday. A large contingent of officers arrived within a minute and found the victim on a scaffolding at the second floor level of the new building, which is located to the east of the original flag factory. The victim, an employee of a subcontractor on the site, had fallen from the fourth floor of the structure to the second. VPD officers Huber, McGarrity and Nielsen, Detective Conroy and Sgt. LeCreux climbed the scaffolding to get to victim, observed substantial injuries and rendered first aid. LeCreux, McGarrity and Conroy are all certified emergency medical technicians.
While the officers were stabilizing the victim, Det. Martin recruited a forklift operator from the construction crew to get the victim to ground safely. According to Acting Chief Kiernan, the officers were able to have the victim on the ground by 2 p.m. He was transported to University Medical Center in critical condition with head and back injuries.
D&R Verona, a company created by Russo Development and Dinallo Construction, broke ground last June for the conversion of the former flag factory into apartments and the construction of a second building on what had been the original Verona Inn site. The two buildings will have 112 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units, and are expected to be ready for occupancy late this year.
D&R Verona said this morning that it is awaiting a report on the cause of the accident and declined to comment further.