The family of a Bronx man, who police said was killed Tuesday in a forklift accident at the site of a luxury high-rise project in Queens, has raised questions about the safety of the construction site and company for which the victim worked.
"We expect justice, because he was a good person, he was a good soul, just went into work like anybody," said Maria Pazmino, the victim's sister.
Police responded around 11 a.m. to calls about a man pinned by the machine on 89th Ave. near 150th St. in Jamaica.
Authorities said officers found Edgar Pazmino, 34, unconscious, and he was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Sources said Pazmino and another worker were using the forklift to transport a bundle of windows for storage in the garage, and Pazmino was standing on the back of the forklift when his head hit a low-clearance ceiling in the garage.
Pazmino's family and friends gathered in silence Tuesday as they laid flowers and lit candles at the construction site where the Ecuadorian immigrant died. Now, they want answers from the company for which he worked. They said the construction site was not safe.
This is not the first time a worker has been injured at the site — in fact, the site has been riddled with problems. There are 37 open violations — 13 of them in the last year alone, according to the city buildings department, and the developer also owes the city $67,000 in fines.
Pazmino did not work for the developer; his family said he was an employee of the window company, Westside Windows, but they cannot get any answers from the company.
"The owner of the company said, 'You know what, I don't know nobody with that name,'" said Maria Pazmino.
She told NY1 she has paychecks and an ID with his name on them to prove his employment.
NY1's attempts to reach a representative at the window company were unsuccessful. There is a stop work order in effect at the job site, but it doesn't prevent workers from storing materials, which is what Pazmino was doing when he was killed.
"I want everybody to remember he was a good person," Maria Pazmino said. "He always had the biggest smile."
The city buildings department issued a violation for failure to secure the construction site. The agency said additional enforcement action will come once the investigation wraps up.