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Industrial size air conditioner plunges from crane, killing 38-year-old man

 

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 Officials said the horribly bungled maneuver at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital began when workers used a crane to lift the flatbed carrying the huge chiller at 10:51 a.m. 	Scene at the East 173rd Street and Grand Concourse side of Bronx Lebanon Hospital, where a temporary air conditioning unit fell on a  worker as it was being lifted, trapping him.December 4th,2012,Bronx,New York.(Michael Schwartz for New York Daily News)  MICHAEL SCHWARTZ FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

 Scene of Tuesday’s crane tragedy.

A worker was killed when an industrial cooling unit slid off a flatbed truck — crushing him at a Bronx construction site.

Officials said the horribly bungled maneuver at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital began when workers used a crane to lift the flatbed carrying the huge chiller at 10:51 a.m.

The crew planned to hitch the flatbed to a truck cab but apparently failed to secure the cooling unit, according to Buildings Department spokesman Tony Sclafani.

As a result, the giant machinery slid off the truck and onto the worker, who was guiding the crane operator just before the accident. The victim was identified as Tristan Mananghaya, 38, of Jersey City, where relatives gathered to pray and weep Tuesday night.

“He would do everything he could to be a good provider for his family,” said sister Jamie Gomez.

AC_1_1204MICHAEL SCHWARTZ FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

A 38-year-old man was crushed by an industrial air conditioner that plunged from a crane in front of Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Tuesday

The father of two boys and two girls ages 2 to 16 “loved to do silly dances and make everyone laugh,” said Gomez, 28, calling the tragic accident a “nightmare.”

“Just when he found happiness, it got shut down,” she said.

“He was a very, very good son,” added mother Edith Managhaya, 61. “He was so close to me.”

A witness said the accident happened in an instant.

“All I heard was ‘snap!’ ” said Joseph Contreras, 22. “Just a real loud wire snap and then the Earth just shook, like an earthquake.

“Everybody was just yelling, ‘He’s under there!’ ”

Video Contreras shot immediately after the accident shows Mananghaya pinned. “You don’t hear him scream,” Contreras said.CRANE5N_4 MICHAEL SCHWARTZ FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Contreras said it took the Fire Department an hour to remove the victim.

It’s not clear who was responsible for the deadly accident because there are two companies involved.

Aggreko Corp. leased the chiller to the hospital, and C&L Towing was hired by Aggreko to transport the device, officials said.

Representatives of both companies had no comment at the scene. Both the Buildings Department and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration were investigating the incident.

Mananghaya worked for Aggreko fixing air conditioners and heaters, his grief-stricken sister said.

With Kerry Wills

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