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Construction worker killed by falling debris in Brooklyn: police

Posted: 1:39 PM, Nov 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-21 18:25:26-05

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn — A construction worker from New Jersey is dead after a piece of wall fell from a forklift in Brooklyn Wednesday, police said.

The 44-year-old victim was on a roof of a six-story residential building on Myrtle Avenue between Marcy and Tompkins avenues Wednesday morning when the incident occurred, according to police.

A piece of wall fell from a forklift, hitting the victim.

"Poor guy just got smashed," a witness can be heard saying in video from the scene right after the accident.

The worker was hospitalized and pronounced dead, police said.

Some of his coworkers told PIX11 two of the man's brothers also work in construction.

Local officials are looking into whether  safety protocols were being followed at the site.

The construction company has not responded to a PIX11 request for comment.