Worker Killed in Falls Construction A...

Worker Killed in Falls Construction Accident

There are 73 comments on the WGRZ Buffalo story from Oct 3, 2007, titled Worker Killed in Falls Construction Accident. In it, WGRZ Buffalo reports that:

One worker is dead, another is severely injured after a construction accident in Niagara Falls Wednesday.

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Stephanie Kasarda

Fulton, NY

#21 Oct 4, 2007
August "Rocky" Corsivo is also my uncle and I am truly saddened by his loss. I appreciate the fact that people have the right to speak their mind, but some of these posts make me feel even worse. I thank all the well wishers for their support. It also upsets me that the news reporters cannot even get his name right. His name is CORSIVO, not CORVISO and he was proudly born and raised in Syracuse, NY. Accidents do happen, but this seems like it could have been avoided. My uncle was a dedicated, hard worker and I am finding it hard to believe he would have worked in such an unsafe atmosphere.
Bob

Dunkirk, NY

#22 Oct 4, 2007
It sounds like a freak accident. Stop bringing up union/non union issues at this time. Say a prayer for Rocky. Rest in Peace
Debbie DiGiacomo

Fishers, NY

#23 Oct 4, 2007
My prayers go out to all-Rocky, his family and especially our precious daughter, Sarah, no one should have to be going through this horrible tragedy. May God continue to be with us all.
Jon

Louisville, KY

#24 Oct 4, 2007
why wrote:
why do we have out of state laborers working on a project in niagara falls? do we have enough people here to do it!!
Pretty Standard Practice around the country when you are dealing with out of state developers.
Dave

Boone, NC

#25 Oct 4, 2007
I am very saddened by the loss of August I had worked with him for years and knew him very well. He was one of the hardest workers I have ever met and his work ethic was amazing he loved what he did each and every day. He was not new to the construction field he had been doing it most of his life and he was from the New York area and was a GC himself in North Carolina and he was one of the best I have ever seen at over seeing the construction of high rise buildings. And I know from working with August in the past he tried to be as safe as he could and he would have done anything to help his fellow workers out. I feel for his family and other friends and those that I have talked to that knew August are very saddened by this tragic event he will be greatly missed by many.
debbie digiacomo

Baldwinsville, NY

#27 Oct 5, 2007
Dave wrote:
My sympathy and prayers to August's family. August, we love you and miss you. May God keep your soul in his eternal light. Amen.
thank you, this is august's daughter sarah's mom- do you have more information please
Lori Beck

AOL

#28 Oct 5, 2007
Debbie, Sarah, baby August and your family. My thougths and prayers are with you!!!! I am so sorry for your tramatic tramatic loss.
debbie digiacomo

Baldwinsville, NY

#29 Oct 5, 2007
Now you know wrote:
Now you know that the news showed ladders that were constructed of 2 by 4's, What the heck kind of Contractor allows hand made ladders let alone there not being secured to the building?
This undoubtedly is just the tip of the iceberg for unsafe equipment on this job site. Just how many dollars were saved by making the workers use unacacceptable equipment? The cost is now someones life!
I'm sure all of the workers were being as careful as humanly possible under the conditions they were put under.
Yvonne, I am truly saddened , and hope the Contractor steps up to the plate and takes responsibility for your families loss.
The man who lost his life was My Father! You have no idea what was on that job site or how strict they were with safety. The were not put under any "conditions." You havfe no idea what you are talking about! From a picture you saw on the news? Are you seriously that uneducated? We are talking about a great man and a tragety. Your ignorance is appauling, shame on you!!!!!!!!!!
Sarah

Baldwinsville, NY

#30 Oct 5, 2007
Those were not man made ladders.
Sarah

Baldwinsville, NY

#31 Oct 5, 2007
Jon wrote:
<quoted text>
Pretty Standard Practice around the country when you are dealing with out of state developers.
The man who lost his life was from out of state and an engineering genius!!!!! This was a tragety, and you're worried about hiring people in your town? Have you seen the hotels there? You should have been honor to have my father there!!!!!
Steve Session

Raleigh, NC

#32 Oct 5, 2007
I want to send my condolences to all of Rocky's family. I worked with him here in Raleigh at site some time ago. Hearing the news really hurt me. I see a few names of family members on this string. I never met Rocky's family, can I ask about Rocky's children and grans if he has any? I would like to send flowers to the funeral (need the address to if that is possible) and I want to get his family members names right. Thank You and God Bless...
Sarah

Baldwinsville, NY

#33 Oct 5, 2007
Jon are you saying its standard practice for out of towners to do unsafe work and die as a result? If you are, that's sick and I feel sorry for you. That site was safe. It was one of your LOCAL truck drivers that knocked the wall down. What do you say to that? What I say is I guess thats what happens when you work out of town and are forced to use local sub crap contractors
Sarah

Baldwinsville, NY

#34 Oct 5, 2007
why wrote:
why do we have out of state laborers working on a project in niagara falls? do we have enough people here to do it!!
Thats ignorant. Your town was lucky to have a nationally renowned engineering genius on that site......oh and it was a LOCAL company who knocked down the wall My Father was on!
Sarah

Baldwinsville, NY

#35 Oct 5, 2007
My father was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. HE was loved, admired and adored by everyone who ever knew him. He was an incredibly hard worker, comedian, giver, friend, the most intelligent man regaarding all areas of construction, and THE BEST FATHER to ever walk this earth. He was and is the salt of the earth, he has done more in his 53 years than ten people do in 90. All of you who have gotten their facts wrong about out of state and working conditions, owe him an appology!
Sarah

Baldwinsville, NY

#37 Oct 5, 2007
Utah Pete wrote:
Maybe if the mafia wasn't taking all the money they could have afforded more safety equipment
The mafia wasn't involved in anything and if thats a comment about my fathers last name, thats just wrong. You watch too much tv and obviously know nothing about safety equipment, it was all used. It's sad how just anyone with ignorant things to say can just go at it
Sarah

Baldwinsville, NY

#38 Oct 5, 2007
debbie digiacomo wrote:
<quoted text> The man who lost his life was My Father! You have no idea what was on that job site or how strict they were with safety. The were not put under any "conditions." You havfe no idea what you are talking about! From a picture you saw on the news? Are you seriously that uneducated? We are talking about a great man and a tragety. Your ignorance is appauling, shame on you!!!!!!!!!!
This man didn't loose his life because of a lack of safety equipment, a truck drive into the wall he was on! he was attached, it was a freak tradedy!
Sarah

Baldwinsville, NY

#39 Oct 6, 2007
Steve, August had one duaghter his funeral arrfangements will be here in syracuse at Bagozzi brothers funeral home, thank you.
Someone Who Cares

Whitesboro, NY

#43 Oct 6, 2007
To answer Debbie...Help was offered to your daughter numerous times and she chose to do this on her own. No one wanted her to have to do it on her own and wanted to assist with all arrangements and be there as a support system. Unfortunately for all involved, this tragedy has been made even worse by those who are selfish and only care about themselves. Lets just put an end to it and let August rest in peace.
Robert Greenville SC

Baldwinsville, NY

#49 Oct 6, 2007
I worked for August for many years. He was a wonderful person. He took cae of he daughter Sarah and loved to work. A great man will be missed. Why are you speaking ill towards his daughter. I understand you are grieving, but anyone who knows him knows he wold b never allow that. I pray you can move on from your anger "someone who cares." We are praying for you Sarah
sarah

Baldwinsville, NY

#51 Oct 7, 2007
kramnala wrote:
My prayers and condolance go out to the family of 'Rocky' Corsivo.
I am upset that the site workers and employers are taking all of the blame for this.'Mike from 101st st' says he has never seen a man on that site in a harness or on a cable. Maybe he hasn't, but I drive past the site a few times a week, and I have seen workers wearning harnesses.
WIBV had an excellent video report yesterday with three key interviews. Today the clip has been added to and changed, but I've quoted from the first clip below. I don't know if this link will take you to the first clip or the second. It was changed while I was typing this post.
http://www.wivb.com/global/video/popup/pop_pl... - Special Coverage&d1=367134&Lau nchPageAdTag=News - Special Coverage&activePane=info &playerVersion=1&hostP ageUrl=http%3A//www.wivb.com/g lobal/story.asp%3Fs%3D7167517 &rnd=26774501
The worker, Andy Thompson, who was right there when the accident happened said it was an accident and that safety was always preached at the site.
Arthur Bube,the OSHA Area Director, said they have issued a number of citations for the site. This is not uncommon for any work site when OSHA pays a visit, and the citations may have been for minor infractions. He didn't comment as to whether or not the citations were heeded to. Maybe they were, and the workers were being compliant. If the site was that unsafe then OSHA had a responsibilty to shut it down before the accident.
Finally, Dennis Virtuaso, identified as the Senior Code Enforcement Officer for the city posted "STOP WORK" signs yesterday. To quote him from the earlier WGRZ video: "The way the job site looked, I knew sooner or later something was going to happen. We kept telling them to clean things up. Umm, but things happen." In today's clip he comments on things like mounds of dirt needing to be cleaned up.
IF VIRTUASO "KNEW SOONER OR LATER SOMETHING WAS GOING TO HAPPEN," THEN HE HAD AN OBLIGATION AND A RESPONSIBILITY TO SHUT THE SITE DOWN BEFORE SOMETHNG HAPPENED. HE NEEDS TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR NOT DOING HIS JOB.
There needs to be an independent investigation into this accident and the words of OSHA and City Code Enforcement need to be used to hold them at least partially accountable for what has happened.
Thank you. You are absolutely right. The media is paintng it like it was an unsafe site. ALL jobs sites and get visited by
OHSA, and they get small citations here and there. That's very common. That job site was safe until someone driving a crane desided to "jimmy" the hang up out of place before telling the woerkers to get down. For the love of God we hit a golf ball and say "four." But cranking a crane out of a snag where people are standing doesn't require anyone to say get down first? They just go ahead and do it? A drunk driver can get behind a wheel of a car and kill someone but if the person wasn't wearing a seat belt then you blame the vitim? NO! you blame the drunk driver don't you? I have the safety equiptment my father was wearing, there was no chance. Thank you for explaining how you saw the safety at the site. God bless you.

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