A mechanic working inside a College Point warehouse Thursday morning was crushed and killed by a forklift, a police source said.
The machine used for lifting heavy loads fell on top of the man, whose identity was not yet released, shortly before 11 a.m. on October 3, according to an NYPD spokesperson.
The man suffered severe body trauma, authorities said, and was pronounced dead on scene at 28-00 College Point Boulevard.
Nearby construction workers said about 20 warehouse employees are constantly seen moving forklifts in and out of the facility daily.
“Accidents happen a lot when you’re dealing with heavy machinery,” said James Garabedian, a nearby iron worker. “But people getting pinned by a forklift – that usually doesn’t happen.”
It was unclear which company ran the warehouse. A man who identified himself to police as being in charge of the warehouse declined to comment.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was on site investigating the incident.
Check back with The Queens Courier for updates on this developing story.