Sanitation worker killed in sweeper truck accident: DSNY

Police investigate the fatal accident in Maspeth Saturday afternoon. Photo by Christina Santucci
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A Department of Sanitation worker was killed in Maspeth Saturday afternoon after he was accidentally pinned down by a mechanical street sweeper, agency officials said.

Steven Frosch, 43, had been working on his own sweeper in a DSNY garage, at 48-01 58th Rd., when a colleague, who had not seen him, accidentally drove over him, officials said.

‘Sanitation work is very dangerous and difficult work and we appreciate those who accept the call to duty. Our hearts go out to the Frosch family on their loss,’ DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia said in a statement.

A father of four, Frosch had worked for the city agency since 1999.

Sanitation officials said a complete investigation of the incident was underway Saturday afternoon.

Reach reporter Alex Robinson by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4566.

Posted 6:57 pm, June 21, 2014
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Red the garbage man from Whitestone says:
Very, very sad day. That makes two garbage men killed in the line of duty this week. The other happened on Wrong Island. Yes , I meant to say wrong. Hug and kiss your kids before you go to work. My heart goes out to those children .
June 21, 2014, 8:40 pm
Ed from Yonkers says:
High School classmate of Steve's. He was one of the good ones. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
June 21, 2014, 9:46 pm
Rafael Maletti (QWA/QW-1) from Qns says:
We came on the job together and shared good times. He touched everyone he met in some way or another. I miss you already Steve. My sincerest empathy to the entire Frosch family.
June 22, 2014, 7:17 am
Anthony from QW3 says:
We didn't talk to each other all that much but that is because every time I saw Steve, he was driving by in his broom but that never ever stopped him from always waving hello when he saw me, I mean ALWAYS. We had a "waving" relationship. This is common in the DSNY world. You could see him from a mile a way with his long flowing blonde hair. He was easily one of the most recognizable DSNY workers out there and he will be missed. A terrible tragedy. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Rest in Peace , Steve.
June 22, 2014, 8:23 am
joe caputo from queens says:
My cuzzin was always smiling loved his kids and just recently had a new born no kid should have to not grow up with a father our family will never be the same without steve Rain cuz :(
June 22, 2014, 8:51 am
Dan from West Babylon from West Babylon says:
You cant say enough about this man... He was the real deal. I had recently saw him out for dinner with friends and family...And all he did was smile and laugh..... Full of laughter and smiles that lit up the room with joy.. You will be missed but never forgotten. To Bina and the kids god bless and Steven's spirit and heart is with you everyday... God Bless.
June 23, 2014, 3:45 pm

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