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2,000 pound piece of equipment kills Brooklyn construction worker

A 2,000-pound piece of equipment that came off and fell on top of a construction worker, killing him, occurred at a building site in Brooklyn on Monday morning, according to the police. The man was 46 years old.

A representative for the Department of Buildings said that construction workers at the apartment building that is now under construction on Java Street near West Street in Greenpoint were in the starting phases of the 14-story project and were using an excavator to relocate pipes.

The victim was working to secure construction supplies to the excavator when a significant portion of the arm came off and fell on top of him, according to the representative for the company. The chunk weighed at least a ton.

The man was pronounced dead at the hospital. It took some time before his name was made public.

After the fatal accident, the city Buildings Department issued a full stop work order at the site while the agency, OSHA, and the police investigated what went wrong, including the possibility that it was caused by negligence on the part of supervisors at the site. During the investigation, the city Buildings Department stopped all work at the site.

“Nothing is more important than keeping New Yorkers safe, and we will continue to use every tool at our disposal to protect the public, including members of the construction industry,” Buildings Department Commissioner Eric Ulrich said in a statement.

According to the information provided by the spokesman, there have been five fatalities connected to construction-related events around the city thus far in 2018. The number is lower than what was recorded over the same period of time in 2021, when seven people passed away.

According to the agency, since 2018, the number of construction-related injuries in the city has gone down by 33%.

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