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NEW YORK CITY-Construction work on the interior of the lower 13 floors of Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s new 2.1-million-sf headquarters at 200 Murray St. in Downtown Manhattan can now continue, following three weeks of held construction. On May 17th, a 30-inch piece of sheet metal fell onto the outfield during a Little League game at the Battery Park City ball fields. No one was injured in that accident.

Tishman Construction Corp., construction manager of the 43-story tower–which is estimated to cost more than $2 billion–has since taken additional safety measures at the lower Manhattan site. A spokesperson for the company tells GlobeSt.com that “the on-going safety of the public and our workers on the site is of paramount importance to us. We are in constant communication with our client Goldman Sachs, the New York City Department of Buildings, and Battery Park City Authority, to ensure that we are doing everything humanly possible to operate a secure site.”

Acting buildings commissioner Robert Limandri says in a prepared release that the general contractor “established new safety measures to advance safety during construction, including the requirement for a hoist safety supervisor to monitor the use of the construction elevator and an independent site safety manager to oversee safety coordination on the job site.”

The Buildings Department release states that it expects “the general contractor will maintain construction site safety as work proceeds,” noting that it will have zero tolerance for any failure to “abide by these safety measures and other requirements of the building and fire codes.”

Goldman Sachs is one of only a few financial firms currently investing in Downtown’s future. Its current lease at 85 Broad St. or One New York Plaza, expires in mid-2011. Goldman Sachs tells GlobeSt.com that it is “continuing to work with Tishman Construction to ensure the new safety measures are implemented.”

New York City’s construction industry is current under spotlight, with seven people killed in a crane collapse in March, and with two construction workers killed when another collapsed last Friday.

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