Construction workers toiled Friday to shore up the site of a Times Square building accident that has left hundreds homeless, snarled traffic and threatened Broadway shows.

Displaced residents were told they would soon be allowed to retrieve their belongings and pets.Officials said they would install a netting over the 48-story building to prevent falling debris from hitting pedestrians or buildings.

The Tuesday accident, which killed one person, has closed the Times Square area, clogging a center of tourism and commerce known as "the crossroads of the world."