Architect falls to death from New York skyscraper roof
An architect has died after falling 48 floors from a skyscraper in New York after he lost his footing when kneeling down to take measurements.
Married father-of-three Bruno Travalja, aged 52, of Ridgewood, New Jersey,
was working at the high-rise at 135 52nd Street, between 7th and 6th Avenues when the tragedy took place.
He was on the roof of the building at the time of his fall and had knelt down. But as he stood up, he lost his footing and fell over a security barrier, authorities said.
According to city officials Travalja was wearing a security harness but it was not secured
The architect may have felt dizzy after getting back up, according to a preliminary police report.
He had gone up to the roof to complete a survey, as part of a project to set up a glass barrier for a rooftop terrace at the top of the building.
The Department Of Buildings placed a Stop Work Order on the building Thursday, indicating a worker had fallen from the roof and landed on the sidewalk.
The Department Of Buildings and the NYPD are investigating what led to the fall.
Travalja was the owner of Crowne Architectural Systems, a firm based in North Bergen, New Jersey according to his Facebook profile. He was a graduate of the Pratt Institute, a New York City-based college with a campus in Brooklyn and one in Manhattan.
“He loved working in the field, he was never scared.” Taylor, his 16-year-old daughter, told the New York Post. “He loved being up there.”