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Queens Chronicle

Throgs Neck fall kills worker

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Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2012 12:00 pm

A 35-year-old bridge painter was killed Monday morning when he fell about 140 feet from a platform beneath the Throgs Neck Bridge.

John Massas was working for a painting subcontractor when he fell at about 8 a.m.

A statement from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said the death is being investigated by its Bridges and Tunnels’ Health and Safety division, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the NYPD and the city’s Office of Emergency Management.

NYPD Emergency units, including Harbor and Aviation, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard, were involved in the search for his body, which still has not been recovered. Massas, a father of three from the Bronx, was working for Nuco Painting Corp., of Islandia, LI.

Safety harnesses are required by MTA B&T for all workers performing this type of work. All questions regarding the use of safety equipment are part of the ongoing investigation.

“MTA Bridges and Tunnels extends its condolences to the worker’s family, friends and co-workers,” the MTA said Monday.

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