Yellow light for green roof as city assesses Barclays safety following worker death

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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.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260–8310. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Will Ratner be held accountable for this death or will he just get nothing more than a slap on the wrist for this knowing his connections?
March 3, 2015, 4:14 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal -- Was that a serious question or are you really this ignorant of everything?
March 3, 2015, 4:49 pm
ty from pps says:
Sorry... should have said *and* not or.
March 3, 2015, 4:49 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Actually ty, you sort of described yourself, and knowing Ratner, he will just make the taxpayers cover what happened especially with his connections.
March 4, 2015, 3:27 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal -- If the guy that installed you mom's dishwasher cut is hand doing the work, is your mom responsible for paying his medical bills? If my cab driver hits a pedestrian, am I responsible for that pedestrian? Why would Ratner (or "the taxpayers") be responsible for any injury or death of an employee of one of his contractors?! This is just illogical ignorance.
March 4, 2015, 3:43 pm
local yocal from Atlantic Ave says:
Would ESD be responsible? Would they get sued? They knew the area was not safe, their committee has ignored all safety issues by local residents. They got a bunch of hacks working at ESD with no construction, engineering background...but, know the locals get subjected to the preacher Marion Philips and his knowledge on large construction projections is...????????????
March 23, 2015, 12:22 am
Dean Street residents from Dean Street says:
July 1, 2015, 6:58 pm

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