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Hosed! Worker whacked with hose at W’burg Whole Foods site

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A worker was seriously injured after being hit by a hose during concrete-pouring at the under-construction Whole Foods Market in Williamsburg on Monday morning, fire and buildings department officials said. The man got whacked while toiling in the cellar of the property at N. 4th Street and Bedford Avenue at 11:33 am, the officials said. He sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Fire Department.

Paramedics drove the apparently unconscious worker to Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan, FDNY said.

The Department of Buildings hit contractor CAB Bedford with citations for failing to protect workers, a spokesman said.

A Whole Foods spokeswoman declined to comment, saying that the grocery giant will not control the lot until construction on the block-long mall complex is complete. The project is supposed to contain several floors of retail, with the Whole Foods mostly underground, and apartments higher up. It was originally slated to be completed this summer, but the skeleton of the building has not yet been completed.

Reach reporter-in-training Hannah Frishberg at (718) 260-4514. E-mail her at hfrishberg@gmail.com.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Updated to contain further details from the Department of Buildings, which said earlier reports of the worker falling into a trench were inaccurate.
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