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Construction Worker, 28, Fatally Pinned Between Van and Forklift he was Operating in Queens

NY Daily News - February 12, 2017

by THOMAS TRACY, ROSS KEITH, JOHN ANNESE

A construction worker was crushed to death in a freak accident outside an FDNY warehouse in Queens, police sources said.

Rakesh Ram, 28, who works for Napa Auto Parts, was driving a forklift on Review Ave. by 35th St. in Long Island City when he stopped in front of a van about 12:35 p.m.

The worker put the forklift in neutral, stepped out and walked toward the van to load boxes, police sources said.

That’s when the forklift rolled forward, pinning him between it and the van. Medics rushed him to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he died.

The warehouse, a squat tan brick building, sits on an industrial street. A sign in front reads “F.D.N.Y. Parts Delivery,” and inside, wrapped boxes are stacked high.

The yellow Yale forklift bears the name of Continental Lift Truck, a company in South Ozone Park, but the equipment belongs to the FDNY.

The rental manager at Continental Lift Truck said it’s possible the company serviced the vehicle at some point.