New York City authorities are investigating a worker’s accidental death inside a Brooklyn food market April 2.
The accident occurred at the KP Farm Market on Nostrand Ave. in East Flatbush and involved an illegal makeshift lift that was used to move deliveries between the upper and lower levels of the store.
Authorities said that a delivery worker was killed when the makeshift lift collapsed on him. According to New York 1 News, preliminary reports from investigators indicate the rigged hoist used a system of chains and pulleys to move the lift between the basement level and the market floor. The 62-year old delivery worker was reportedly standing under the lift when it fell on top of him.
Department of Buildings (DOB) officials said two store workers were operating the lift when it fell on top of the delivery man, according to News 12 Brooklyn.
The man was rushed to Kings County Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Authorities have not publicly released the nature of the man’s injuries or the official cause of death.
Various sources reported that KP Farm Market does not have any elevator permits or applications on file with the New York City Department of Buildings, which regulates building safety.
“The hoist was created and installed illegally, according to the DOB spokesman, and it lacks the safeguards needed for operation. The building’s owner has been ordered by DOB to stop using it, the spokesman added,” according to AM New York News.
New York 1 interviewed customers who said they have seen multiple lifts in use inside the market, which were apparently built without permission.
“They have many lifts downstairs that move different stuff,” one customer told New York 1.
KP Market has remained open since the accidental death but its makeshift lift has been boarded over with plywood.
The accidental death remains under investigation and it’s unclear what penalties the owners and operators of KP Farm Market will face. In addition to regulatory penalties, the store’s owner could be hit with premises liability and wrongful death claims.