Sanitation worker killed after being struck by street sweeper

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Investigators said Steven Frosch, 43, was tending to and performing maintenance work on a street sweeper at around 1 p.m. A second sweeper operated by 33-year-old fellow sanitation worker drove forward and struck Frosch, pinning him between the two sweepers.
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A city sanitation worker was killed on the job on Saturday afternoon when a street sweeper struck and killed him in Queens.

Investigators said Steven Frosch, 43, was tending to and performing maintenance work on a street sweeper at a Sanitation Department depot in Maspeth at around 1 p.m.

A second sweeper operated by 33-year-old fellow sanitation worker drove forward and struck Frosch, pinning him between the two sweepers.

Police and EMS arrived on the scene, but authorities said Frosch was unconscious and unresponsive with severe body trauma. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Frosch, a 15-year veteran of the city agency, is survived by a wife and four children.

“Sanitation work is very dangerous and difficult work and we appreciate those who accept the call to duty,” Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to the Frosch family on their loss.”

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