According to WNYC, an ironworker who had gone to work on his day off to earn extra cash died Saturday when a massive metal plate weighing
thousand of pounds fell and crushed him.
51-year-old Christopher Thomas
of the Bronx was working at the GMD Shipyard in the Brooklyn Navy Yard just after 10 a.m. when the plate, which was being used to repair a dry-docked barge, came loose and fell. Thomas, who was working beneath the barge, was struck in the head and pinned underneath the heavy plate.
, the president of the GMD Shipyard, released a statement saying that the company is helping investigators to determine the cause of the accident. Thomas had two children. He had started working at the shipyard last week, according to his wife.
Source: WNYC Newsroom