Man dies in forklift accident at College Point business: NYPD

Police investigate a death involving a forklift in 2008. TimesLedger File Photo
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COLLEGE POINT — A man was killed in a forklift accident at a College Point industrial firm Thursday morning, authorities said.

Police believe the 60-year-old, whose name was being until his family was notified, was operating a forklift at 28-00 College Point Boulevard at around 11 a.m. when the accident occurred, causing the machine to tip over and fall on the man, a spokesman for the NYPD said.

When officers arrived, they found the worker had severe trauma to body, cops said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The address where the accident occurred matches that of Raw Equipment Corp., a firm that offers a variety of products to the concrete construction industry.

Calls to the company were not returned as of Thursday evening.

In 2008, a similar incident led to the death of 13-year old Kevin Hrcka, who was inside a Ridgewood building supply company where his father worked.

Hrcka’s father was in another room changing his clothes when the boy sped off at full speed and tried to make too sharp a turn, causing the machine to tip over and crush him, police told TimesLedger at the time of the incident.

Updated 8:22 pm, October 3, 2013
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Warehouse worker from Flushing says:
I have worked at raw for many years , there equipment trucks and forklifts have always been unsafe, they would never hire the right people to service there machinery , a handy man does not fix a 8 thousand lbs capacity fork lift,!!!! You have to pay an expert company to do that!,,, and I left that company , no lights in the warehouse and no bathroom a real sweat shop they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, the average pallet weighs 4000 pounds their forks can lift double that , you need to have a service specialist to work on machinery like this , my condolences go out to the family of this man who was killed.
Feb. 22, 2014, 11:04 am

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