A man working on a scaffold on the Triborough Bridge in Queens fell to his death on Tuesday, May 6, 2008. After being lifted to the metal scaffolding by a crane bucket, the worker appeared to lose his footing. Eyewitnesses report seeing one leg fly up as the worker fell to the pavement below.
The man was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead after a few hours.
The worker was employed by Koch Skanska, the construction firm chosen to do $275 million worth of repairs to the bridge. When the accident occurred, the company was in the process of replacing the 720 bearings that had been originally installed over 70 years ago.
No harness or rope was found on the ground with the victim and OSHA is inspecting the scene.