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Contractor Crushed To Death By Oversized Crate

Contractor Crushed To Death By Oversized Crate

An electrical worker was killed when an oversized cargo crate crushed him near Throgs Neck Bridge in the Bronx, police told the media on July 5.

The man, electrician Nick Cavataio, 62, was working outside the MTA Bridges and Tunnels building in The Bronx at about 7:45am when he was hit by the box, which had a 2,700-pound battery-operated ­device inside, the New York Post reported.

Cavataio, of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cavataio worked for a private company, Hellman Electric, which is upgrading the building’s electrical supply, the Post report said.

He was unloading a large piece of electrical equipment for a project to be installed at headquarters not the bridge itself,” the Post quoted Adam Lisberg, spokesman for the MTA, as saying.

The facility is located on the Queens bound side of the bridge near the Pennyfield Avenue exit, police told New York Post reporters.

“It was a type of truck that had a lift. It’s too early to tell if the equipment malfunctioned,” the spokesman added in the Post article.

There were no other reported injuries in the incident.

As the investigation is ongoing, it is impossible to know if this tragic death was purely an accident, or if negligence was involved.

If it is determined that the latter is the case, Cavataio´s family should contact an attorney. They could be entitled to financial compensation.


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John C. Merlino, ESQ.

John C. Merlino, ESQ.

John C. Merlino is a zealous legal voice for injured construction workers. A senior managing member of the firm, Mr. Merlino was born and raised in Brooklyn, to immigrant parents. Mr. Merlino learned the importance of educating our clients of their rights and being a strong-compassionate advocate. Mr. Merlino, along with his mentor William Schwitzer, are among the most respected Construction Site Accident Lawyers in the State of New York.