Construction Accident In Flatbush Mikvah Kills Worker
Lovely. One construction worker was killed and another two were seriously injured in an explosion in Flatbush today. According to this account from NBC News, they were building a Mikvah in the basement. Three guesses as to whether they were operating with a permit:
City officials said the homeowners did not have a permit to install the bath, called a mikvah, which is used by Orthodox Jews in a purification ritual. Firefighters at the scene said the basement did not have proper ventilation. Five firefighters suffered minor injuries in battling the resulting blaze, Daley said.People seem to feel that building permits are just a technicality, and that somehow, they are above the law when it comes to building home additions, shuls or mikvahs. Well, the necessary permits aren't technicalities. They are for the safety of both the workers and the residents on the job. Maybe it's time for people to get that into their heads. What's terrible is that it takes a tragedy like this to showcase the necessity.