Construction Worker Killed in Accident Near Broadway Junction

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The job site at 1949 Broadway, where a construction worker was killed over the weekend (Screenshot via Google Maps)

BUSHWICK – A construction worker was crushed to death in an accident at a job site near Broadway Junction in Bushwick over the weekend, police confirmed.

The accident took place around 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 10 at 1949 Broadway and Stewart Street. As a forklift was lifting a load of scaffolding pipes, the vehicle tipped over, crushing the 47-year old operator between the forklift and a flatbed truck, said police.

Responders rushed to pull the tipped vehicle upright, and the victim was transported to Brooklyn University Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased.

The victim’s identity has been withheld pending family notification.

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  1. Greetings,

    This is no freak accident. It is quite common and cause by a operator who has over loaded his forklift and the center of gravity is outside of the triangle of stability. This is due to lack of proper training by employer or over confidence of operator. So not investigating the accident the way it reads is the forklift tipped due to over loading, then the operator feeling the forklift tipping attempted to jump out. So he was not wearing a seat belt. Or the operator got out and in between the truck with a load. Either way this has happen many times and nothing freakish about it. Your headline should read “Construction Worker Killed in a Common Accident Due to not Following Proper Safety Guidelines”
    I train in safety, and I have trained more than I can count in the proper operation of forklifts. I have seen my share of accidents due to overloading, and stupidity. Always buckle up, and if a forklift is going to tip over the safest place in on the forklift buckled in. Operators should never get between the forklift and another vehicle, and never, never, never under the load.
    This was preventable accident, not a freak accident. The distinction is important!

    Sincerely,
    Gene Lawhorn CSHO

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