An Air Force veteran-turned Midtown construction worker served multiple tours in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan but told friends his new gig scared him more, according to The Daily News.
One month into the job, Christian Ginesi died Tuesday when he fell 24 stories down an elevator shaft at what will be the RIU Hotel-Times Square, a 31-story tower rising at 301 W. 46th St.
“He would tell us how scared he was,” John Rapp, an Air Force buddy, told The News’ Barry Paddock .
“He said, ‘It’s not like the Air Force. It’s not safe out here.’ But he was happy to have a job.”
Staff Sgt. Ginesi, 25, served five years in the Air Force and left last May; he was an aircraft maintenance worker.
Rapp told the tabloid that in 2013, Ginesi was hit by shrapnel, when a plane next to the one e was working on was hit by enemy fire.
“He dodged death multiple times. He was top-notch.”
Ginesi’s employer was G-Tech Associates LLC, of New Jersey. The News has reported the company was not licensed to perform work in the city and being investigated by the city Department of Buildings.
The News writes:
He was installing elevator door frames when the car he and a colleague were riding in stalled five feet above the 24th floor landing around 12:40 p.m. Tuesday.
Ginesi’s co-worker was able to jump safely to the landing. But when Ginesi tried, he slipped backward down the shaft and plummeted all the way to the basement, according to a Department of Buildings report. He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital but could not be saved.
The city immediately issued a stop work order at the site and slapped G-Tech with a violation for failing to safeguard workers.