The man in charge of demolishing the calamity-prone Deutsche Bank building at Ground Zero slipped and broke his wrist Tuesday while leaving the construction site, dnainfo.com reported yesterday.
David Emil, president of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., was hospitalized for the injury and may require surgery, the website said.
“He’s obviously still thinking about the job, if for no other reason than [the injury], LMDC chairman Avi Schick reportedly told board members at a meeting Emil, 60, missed because of the injury.
The deconstruction of the building — necessary because of the damage it sustained on 9/11 — has been marred by problems. Two firefighters died during a 2007 fire, the demolition budget has ballooned to more than double its original estimate, and neighbors fear toxic substances are being released from the building.
Once it’s completely razed over the next week, the LMDC reportedly plans to file a $100 million lawsuit again Bovis Lend Lease, the construction company hired to dismantle the building.
Neither the LMDC nor Bovis Lend Lease returned calls for comment.