Family of Construction Worker Killed in Norfolk Street Synagogue Collapse Lawyers Up

Posted on: October 24th, 2019 at 5:06 am by

The family of the construction worker killed while working at the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol site has lawyered up and is seeking legal recourse.

The victim, identified as Ridgewood resident Stanislaw Supinski, had been part of the demolition team onsite when a large portion of the south tower collapsed, trapping him and a cohort. Up to three floors of century-old masonry trampled them.

Supinski was rushed to NewYork-Presbyterian, and later went into to cardiac arrest, according to FDNY.

The family retained Slawomir Platta of The Platta Law Firm, who claims that state regulations were ignored at 60 Norfolk Street, resulting in this fatal accident.

“In the wake of such tragedies, the first priority is to be there for a grieving family and ask if such a horrendous circumstance could have been prevented,” Platta said in a press release. “The State of New York has very specific regulations which are intended to keep workers safe. The system failed the Supinski family [on Monday]. We will do our best to hold the wrongdoers responsible for this unnecessary tragic accident.”

After the fire, May 2017

The Beth Hamedrash Hagadol structure dated back to 1850, when it was erected as a Baptist church. The Jewish congregation took over three decades later. It became one of the first city landmarks, receiving designation in 1967. It fell into dormancy and disrepair over the last decade. Then, in May 2018, a teenage arsonist named David Diaz set the three-alarm blaze. But for reasons unclear, was released from custody and not charged by NYPD.

The site itself will be redeveloped into two-towered residential building.

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