NY Construction Worker Dies in Fall

BREWSTER, NY — A construction worker died when he fell from scaffolding Wednesday morning in Brewster.

Keith Bonnes, 52, was pronounced dead at Danbury Hospital several hours after falling about 20 feet from Hydro Mobile scaffolding at a Honda dealership project on Route 22.

Police said a co-worker immediately contacted Putnam County 911 to report the incident. Moments later, Brewster EMS, EMStar Ambulance, and the Village of Brewster Police arrived on scene to rendered medical assistance.

Bonnes reportedly sustained a head and chest injury as a result of the fall. The worker was transported to Danbury Hospital by EMStar and was reported to be conscious. Upon his arrival to Danbury Hospital, he went into cardiac arrest and died.

On Sept. 26, at the National Safety Council’s annual Congress & Expo, OSHA Deputy Director of Enforcement Programs Patrick Kapust announced the preliminary list of 10 standards most frequently cited by the agency’s inspectors during Fiscal Year 2017. Fall protection was the most-cited standard for the seventh year in a row, with 6,072 violations followed by Hazard Communication, and Scaffolding.

Frequently violated requirements include unprotected edges and open sides in residential construction and failure to provide fall protection on low-slope roofs.