April 10, 2023 | Susan Napier-Sewell

2 Workers Dead in Trench Collapse, JFK Airport

JFK Airport

JFK Airport, New York, was the site of a 30-foot trench collapse leading to the deaths of two construction workers, who became trapped under rubble.

The trench collapse at JFK Airport occurred outside a generator plant.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in a press release set the time of the workers’ deaths at 11:08 am, April 3, 2023, and issued a stop order for all work in that JFK International Airport area.

According to the Port Authority, the workers were “relocating utility lines in the vicinity of the cogeneration to support the increased needs of the JFK redevelopment project. The temporary safety standdown remains [in effect] until safety reviews have been conducted.”

Twelve units, approximately 60 firefighters of the fire department of New York City reported to the airport’s Terminal 7, as reported by the Associated Press. Emergency medical workers, the policemen from Port Authority, and the NYPD Emergency Service Unit were also on the scene.

The emergency workers used an excavator as well as ropes, pulleys, and chains to try to get the construction workers out, according to CBS News.

The Port Authority will conduct a full investigation of the accident.

Content sources: AP (Associated Press), Yahoo, ABC News, and YouTube/CBS News (CBS News, also photo source).

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