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Worker Killed at Brooklyn Construction Site


According to several news outlets, a man working at a construction site in downtown Brooklyn received fatal injuries after being struck by machinery on Tuesday afternoon.

Details of the Construction Accident

Paul Kenedy, 43, received severe blunt force trauma to the head and body when a piece of equipment detached from a machine at around 1:20 p.m. local time.

A shackle on the pile drilling machine Kenedy operated snapped off, striking the construction worker in the head and knocking him out. Kenedy was pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner has yet to release the exact cause of death.

Kenedy worked for Broadway Construction Group, according to media outlets. The construction site is the future location for a 285 room hotel at 61 Bond St.

On The Job Injury Accidents

The follow information is provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,821 workers died on the job in 2014.
    • 899 of these fatalities were in construction.
  • The “Fatal Four” leading causes of private sector worker deaths are:
    • Falls – 359 out of 899 total deaths in construction in 2014 (39.9%)
    • Electrocutions – 74 (8.2%)
    • Struck by Object – 73 (8.1%)
    • Caught-in/between – 39 (4.3%)
  • Eliminating the “Fatal Four” would save approximately 545 workers’ lives every year.

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