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Trump Soho Fallout: 'Substandard' Work and Shady Pasts

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Investigations continue into the circumstances surrounding the death of Trump Soho concrete worker Yuri Vanchytskyy, who plunged 42 stories after a wooden platform he was standing on collapsed under the weight of wet cement. The Daily News reports that, according to city sources, the Department of Buildings has determined the wooden forms did not meet "industry standards." Meanwhile, the Times digs into the background of Vanchytskyy's employer, subcontractor DiFama Concrete, and it ain't pretty. The Red Hook company, which at one time was pretty mobbed-up, had another worker death in 2004 while building the Lumiere in Hell's Kitchen. Since then, DiFama has racked up 17 federal violations and $71,500 in fines. Also, the Post reports that a city councilman is calling for the resignation of DOB Commissioner Patricia Lancaster, because work was allowed to continue on the Trump Soho despite previous violations. Mayor Bloomberg called that "ludicrous," adding that he has "full confidence" in Lancaster.
· Substandard construction at Trump Soho led to fatal collapse - city sources [NYDN]
· Many Violations for Employer of Worker Who Died in a Fall [NYT]
· Pol-slam in 'Trump' Death Fall [NYP]
· Workers Return to Top of Trump Soho [Curbed]
· Trump Soho Day After: Clean-up and Quiet [Curbed]

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