Worker killed in SoNo Collection construction accident

NORWALK — A construction worker fell to his death while working at the SoNo Collection early Tuesday morning.

The male construction worker fell “while working on an elevated section on the exterior” of the new Norwalk mall around 2:39 a.m. Tuesday, police spokesperson Lt. Terry Blake said.

“Arriving officers rendered aid to the male, who was transported to the Norwalk Hospital by ambulance. The male later succumbed to his injuries,” Blake said.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is responsible for overseeing workplace safety, was notified and is investigating the incident.

Blake said the name of the male is being withheld pending to notification of his next of kin.

Construction crews have been busy both inside and outside of the SoNo Collection ahead of the openings for Bloomingdale’s - one of the fledgling mall’s anchor tenants - and H&M later this week. Other stores are expected to follow in the run-up to Black Friday and holiday shopping season.

Pinstripes, a bowling alley bistro, is also getting prepped for its mid-December opening. Pinstripes will occupy one of the choice suites at The SoNo Collection, opening onto a rooftop terrace and parking deck overlooking Long Island Sound. It is one of more than a dozen restaurants at the mall, which opened in mid-October with Nordstrom and only a small percentage of its other stores open at the outset.

Brookfield Properties, owner of the mall, said in a statement, “We are heartbroken. Out of respect for the family during this difficult time, we will not be commenting further. We are providing assistance to the Norwalk Police Department with their developing investigation.”