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Man Killed When Makeshift Hoist Falls On Him At Brooklyn Store

April 02, 2018 - 6:47 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A deliveryman was killed after a makeshift hoist went horribly wrong inside a grocery store in East Flatbush, Brooklyn Monday.

The incident happened at the KP Farm Market at 1887 Nostrand Ave., officials told 1010 WINS. Police said the 62-year-old man was delivering food to the basement of the building when the hoist somehow collapsed right on top of him.

At first, the hoist was referred to as a freight elevator, but the Department of Buildings said it was a makeshift hoist – used to raise and lower supplies from the first floor to the basement of the supermarket.

The man was rushed to NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, but he did not make it.

One man, Garrett, works right next door.

“They have a lift or an elevator or something in the back, and what happened was one of the workers was killed by it,” he told 1010 WINS' Al Jones.

A woman named Ann was shopping in the store, and was a bit surprised that it was still open.

“I think that it should close just for the respect of the family,” she said.

The DOB said the device was illegally installed and did not have the proper safeguards for use.

The building owner has been ordered to stop using the device, and further enforcement action could be taken.

An investigation was under way late Monday.