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Construction worker dies in Astoria accident

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Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:06 am, Thu Feb 7, 2013.

A construction worker died after he plummeted into a 10-feet-deep hole on Thursday, officials say.

At about 3:15 p.m. the man fell into a construction ditch at 45-11 Broadway, hitting his head on a steel girder. The man's name had not been released by noon on Friday, according to the Fire Department.

The worker was taken to Mt. Sinai Queens Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

The Department of Buildings issued a stop-work order during the ongoing investigation of the accident. 

Work at the site, being developed by Centex Builders, was stopped last March when neighbors said the excavation was causing their houses to sink. 

This is the second construction related accident to occur to Western Queens this month. On Jan. 8 a crane collapsed at 46th Avenue and Center Boulevard, where new modern condominiums are being built on the waterfront, trapping several people and injuring seven. No one died in that incident. 

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