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Bayside man dies in accident at Manhattan construction site

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Kevin Kelly, 25, was installing window panels on the 23rd floor of the building at 400 East 67th St. around 10:30 a.m. when the nylon safety harness connecting him to the building failed and he fell to the 14th floor balcony, the officials said.

Kelly, who lived with his father at 73-84 Springfield Blvd., was pronounced dead at the scene, the police and FDNY said.

"[Kevin] was totally loved by everybody," Kelly's older sister Francine Moncrief said Tuesday. "There wasn't a mean bone in his body."

Kelly, a die-hard Mets fan, was using his skills as an ironworker at the Manhattan site, his sister said. "He loved working with his hands," she said. "He was following in his father's footsteps." Both Kelly and his father were ironworkers, Moncrief said.

In light of Monday's accident, the Buildings Department stopped construction at the site and issued five new violations, including one for damaged safety netting at the 23rd, 24th and 25th floors.

Kelly is survived by his father Richard, his older sisters Francine and Stacey and his younger brother Matthew.

A viewing will be held for Kelly at Frederick Funeral Home on Northern Boulevard in Bayside from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. A mass was scheduled Friday at 9 a.m. at the American Martyrs Church on Bell Boulevard in Bayside.

See the April 17 editions of the TimesLedger Newspapers for the full story.

Updated 6:58 pm, October 10, 2011
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