Brooklyn, NY – According NYC Department of Buildings, a makeshift hoist used to raise and lower goods between the basement and first floor of a KP Farm Market in Brooklyn malfunctioned and crashed onto a 62-year-old worker. The man was crushed to death.The accident happened Monday April 2nd.
Although police initially told local news outlets the man was killed by a freight elevator, a preliminary investigation report from the NYC Department of Buildings determined it was an illegally installed makeshift hoist that malfuctioned. DOB officials told WABC-TV the device was installed illegally and lacked the appropriate safety functions. The Department of Buildings ordered the supermarket at 1887 Nostrand Avenue in East Flatbush to immediately cease using the illegal device.
According to the DOB website, the building has two open violation cases against it over a February 24 boiler inspection and a June 26 plumbing inspection failure.