The steel deliveries have stopped at Barclays Center.
The city ordered construction of the arena’s green roof to be halted on Feb. 25, following an ironworker being fatally crushed by falling beams the day prior. Work resumed on Friday, but not drop-offs of the material that delivered the fatal blows. The arena’s owners say that keeping the work area safe going forward will not be a problem.
“We of course constantly review the site to make sure it complies with all safety requirements,” said Joe DePlasco, a spokesman for Forest City Ratner. “The site is safe.”
Peter Zepf, the 52-year-old worker, died when four steel beams rolled off of a truck as they were about to be attached to a crane, police said. Emergency responders arrived at the site at 1:33 pm and found him lying dead on the loading dock, according to a police report. Zepf was a member of the Ironworkers Local 361 union, and was working for a Massachusetts steel company contracted by Hunt Construction Group.
The federal agency in charge of work place safety is also performing an investigation into the incident, which could take several weeks, according to a spokesman. But that agency only issues fines, and cannot stop work.
Work on the vegetative covering began last fall, and it was originally supposed to be finished in July. Forest City Ratner now expects it to be complete in September. The addition is supposed to spruce up the Rust Bowl and to dampen noise from big events.
Construction on the roof caused a leak in the arena in December that stopped a Nets game.