Green roof grief: Barclays ironworker crushed to death by beams

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An ironworker died on Tuesday afternoon when steel beams fell on him as he worked to install Barclays Center’s new green roof, according to a police spokesman.

The 52-year-old was an employee of a Massachusetts steel company contracted by Hunt Construction Group, according to a Forest City Ratner spokesman, who expressed his sorrow at the tragedy.

“We are all devastated by what happened,” said Joe DePlasco, a spokesman for the developer, in a statement. “All of us at Greenland Forest City Ratner Partners and Barclays Center extend our most heartfelt condolences to the worker’s family and friends.”

The worker, a member of the Ironworkers Local 361 union, was crushed by four steel beams when they rolled off a truck before they could be attached to a crane, police said. Cops and paramedics responded at 1:33 pm and found the man lying on a loading dock, where he was pronounced dead, according to a report.

Police are withholding the name of the worker pending family notification.

Construction on the arena’s green roof began last fall. The project is supposed to beautify the stadium and muffle noise from high-decibel events held there.

The worker is the first person to die during construction on the Atlantic Yards mega-development, DePlasco said.

In December, work on the arena’s new plant-encased top poked a hole in the ceiling, causing a leak that rained down on mid-court, delaying a Nets game.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

ty from pps says:
Damn this is sad news. Working with these huge objects always looks so scary,
Feb. 24, 2015, 7:50 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Ratner won't care much, because he knows that the city and state taxpayers will be paying for whatever goes on there hence it won't be his money covering for that worker.
Feb. 24, 2015, 7:57 pm
Tamika from South Carolina says:
Condolences, to the family, friends and coworkers of this individual. Sending prayers up, for strength and comfort during this trying time.
Feb. 24, 2015, 8:21 pm
g from Williamsburg says:
God rest his soul.
Feb. 24, 2015, 8:49 pm
Mahoney to a Zepf from ----- says:
RIP Uncle Pete, love you man!
Feb. 24, 2015, 10:59 pm
Mahoney to a Zepf from ----- says:
Please pray, for this was one great individual. A true family man. He will be missed.
Feb. 24, 2015, 11:01 pm
Dean Street resident from Atlantic Yards says:
I would hope Forest Ratner & Empire State Development PAY for all funeral expenses.
Feb. 25, 2015, 1:08 am
ty from pps says:
Why would Forest City Ratner and Empire State Dev't pay for the injury or death of an employee working for another company? If you hire a landscaping company to cut down a tree in your yard, do you pay for the medical expenses if a worker injures himself with a chainsaw?

This is a tragedy.

But it has nothing to do with Forest City Ratner or ESD. They did the human thing by extended condolences. There is no other responsibility.
Feb. 25, 2015, 10:31 am
ty from pps says:
Feb. 25, 2015, 10:31 am
Chuck from East Islip says:
I've known this gentle man for over 25 years, he was a great individual, funny, caring, patient, kind,gentle, a man that would do anything for you, especially his family, I am devastated at this news, and my prayers go out to his family, who I I've known for so long, and will do anything for them that they need, please pray for this individual, and his beautiful family. He was so caring, and so loved by all who he touched, rest in peace Pete, we all love you so very much!
Feb. 25, 2015, 10:51 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Although I do give my condolences, this does happen when you plan to avoid unions and/or cut corners to meet deadlines.
Feb. 25, 2015, 3:43 pm
Union member from SI NU says:
He was a union ironworker if you read all the comments and as for his family I hope that they keep moving on from the loss and we lost a brother ironworker
Feb. 25, 2015, 6:53 pm
bacchus from somerset nj says:
May his soul rest in peace and his family find the strength to move on
Feb. 26, 2015, 6:21 am

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