Ceiling Leak Hospitalizes Student

Ceiling Leak Hospitalizes Student

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By Travis Fortounas

Staff Writer

For the past several weeks, the ceiling on the second floor of Humanities Hall has been leaking, causing puddles to form on the floor in the hallway. Tile pieces from the ceiling have been taken down and garbage pails stand in the middle of the hall to prevent students, professors and visitors from slipping.

There are six missing ceiling tile pieces with other surrounding pieces covered in what looks like to be dried water patches. On the floor, three large garbage cans have no apparent water build up on the bottom of them.

On Thursday, Oct. 11, Alex Espinosa, a junior digital game design major, was walking in the hallway and slipped where the water had accumulated under the leak, necessitating a trip to St. Joseph Hospital in Bethpage by ambulance.

Alex Espinosa

“The wet floor sign was far away from where I was walking so I thought I was okay to walk, until I fell,” Espinosa said. “I fell on my knee and it hurt so bad.”

At the hospital, Espinosa was given an x-ray and it was determined that he didn’t break anything. “They were worried about cartilage damage, so they gave me a cast that I had to wear for about four days,” he said. “I was in the hospital for about two to three hours.”

Espinosa plans to purchase new, slip resistant shoes to avoid a problem like this again. “I need to wear shoes that aren’t as easy to slip with,” he said. “I need to be more aware of my surroundings.”

Facilities services did not respond to the Pioneer’s inquiries about the leak.

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