Queens construction worker is dead in horrifying accident

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A construction worker erecting an Astoria apartment building died Thursday after he fell through the floor and struck his head on a steel girder, cops and witnesses say.

The 42-year-old, whose name is being withheld, was braving bone-chilling 12-degree temperatures on the Broadway site near 45th St. around 4 p.m. when he fell through the hole in the first floor, plummeting 15-feet to the basement below, officials said.

“A steel girder hit him on the head,” said one of the two surviving workers, who would not give his name.

The construction worker was rushed to Mount Siani Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

The Department of Buildings halted work on the project pending an investigation. The building’s general contractor, Centex Builders, could not be reached.

Work at the same site was halted in 2012 after neighbors complained construction was destabilizing their foundations, according to city records.

This is the second construction accident to take place in Queens in as many days.

A hard hat working on the new NYPD academy in College Point fell 12 feet down an elevator shaft Wednesday, sustaining serious injuries, officials said.

 
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