Brooklyn, NY – Safety at a construction site is being investigated following the death of a construction worker in a forklift accident at the site of a luxury high-rise project in Queens.
According to authorities, 34-year old Edgar Pazmino and another worker were using the forklift to transport a bundle of windows for storage in the garage. Pazmino was standing on the back of the forklift when his head hit a low-clearance ceiling in the garage.
He was rushed to the Brookdale Medical University Hospital hospital where he was pronounced dead.
According to reports, other workers have been injured at the site. There are 37 open violations — 13 of them in the last year alone, according to the city buildings department, and the developer also owes the city $67,000 in fines.
A stop work order is in effect at the job site, but it doesn’t prevent workers from storing materials, which is what Pazmino was doing when he was killed.
The city buildings department issued a violation for failure to secure the construction site. The agency said additional enforcement action will come once the investigation is complete.
Pazmino was an employee of Westside Windows, which, according to its website, is “widely known for our professionalism & workmanship,”