[cifnmedia] Worker Decapitated In 'Rescue'

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  • Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2003 01:39:21 -0800 (PST)

Updated: 12-18-2003 09:34:06 AM

Staten Island Worker Decapitated In 'Rescue'

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Courtesy of The New York Post

A construction worker was decapitated and another hurt yesterday in a freak 
accident on Staten Island. 

Two employees of Formica Construction were digging a ditch in the street to 
install a sewer for 17 townhouses being built at Taylor Street and Degroot 
Place in Port Richmond, officials said. 

Suddenly, dirt and cement collapsed, burying the men under the debris. 

One man was buried up to his waist. The other, a 39-year-old man, whose name 
was withheld, was completely buried 

He was decapitated when the workers tried to rescue him with a tractor. 

"No doubt the fellow using it had good intentions, but there were extremely 
tragic results," said fire battalion Chief Daniel O'Gara. 

Stefan Konowalskyj, 40, who lives nearby, was returning home from some errands 
when the workers realized what had happened. 

"I saw these guys running around frantically screaming, 'The other guy is dead! 
The other guy is dead! His head is off,' " Konowalskyj said. 

"There was a lot of commotion. There was also one guy down there trying to pull 
the other guy out . There were about a half a dozen workers standing around, 
not knowing what to do." 

Rescuers arrived and pulled out the injured worker, 66, who was in stable 
condition at St. Vincent's Hospital. 

The Department of Transportation issued two citations for inadequate protection 
procedures because the crew had not put up a retaining wall in the trench, a 
department spokesman said. 


Sean A. Aaron (CIFN*1)
Central Illinois Fire Network

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