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Irish construction supervisor killed in New York crane accident

The man has been named as Trevor Loftus from Pallaskenry in Limerick.

The scene of today's fatal accident on East 44th St in Manhattan.
The scene of today's fatal accident on East 44th St in Manhattan.
Image: Allie Yang/PIX11News

A 40-YEAR-OLD Irish citizen who died in Manhattan after part of a crane reportedly fell on top of him this afternoon has been named.

According to local media, the man was trapped when part of a crane collapsed as he was removing items from a construction truck.

The man has been named as Trevor Loftus from Pallaskenry in Limerick.

A spokesperson for the New York Fire Department told TheJournal.ie the incident occurred at 11.40 am local time yesterday (4.40 pm Irish time).

The New York Police Department said the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The New York Daily News reports that he was an Irish national and construction safety coordinator for a company based in the New York borough of Yonkers.

A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs said the department is aware of the case and “ready to provide consular assistance.”

A spokesperson for the New York City Department of Buildings confirmed that the incident took place at 219 East 44th Street in Manhattan, and told TheJournal.ie:

A knuckle boom truck was onsite for a delivery, when there appeared to be a mechanical failure which caused the boom to collapse on the operator. The Department’s investigation is ongoing.

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