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Fatal Accident Caused by Co-Worker, Officials Say

July 8, 1986

NEW YORK (AP) _ A 22-year-old bricklayer was in serious but stable condition today after plummeting 13 floors in a scaffold accident inadvertently caused by a co- worker, officials said.

One man was killed in the accident Monday at an Upper East Side construction site, and Joseph Friscioni, of Queens, was one of three men injured.

Friscioni ″is doing fine. It’s incredible that he’s alive,″ said a New York Hospital administrator who declined to give her name.

He fell from the scaffolding Monday when a co-worker mistakenly loosened the platform’s support beam inside the high-rise luxury apartment building.

Two other men, Jack Grigone, 30, and Jesse Kimbrough, 33, were with Friscioni on the scaffolding, installing a brick face on the 13th floor of the 33-story complex, when it collapsed.

Grigone fell and was pronounced dead on arrival at Metropolitan Hospital, said spokeswoman Nilda Llamas. Kimbrough leaped onto an adjacent platform and caught his leg in it. He rescued by co-workers as he dangled 100 feet above the ground.

A fourth worker, mason assistant Sal Ragusa, 26, received head and back injuries when he loosened a bolt on the I-beam that anchored the scaffold’s suspension cables on the 15th floor, said Buildings Commissioner Charles Smith.

Ragusa apparently was unaware that the bricklayers were working on the platfrom outside, said Vahe Tiryakian, a city Building Department spokesman.

Smith said the loosened beam ″gave way like a seesaw,″ swinging up and smashing Ragusa in the head, and splitting the wood scaffold below it.

Timko Contracting Corp., which is constructing the building, referred calls to the bricklaying subcontractor, which it identified as LaSalla Enterprises. A woman there hung up the telephone when asked for comment.

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