NY authorities are investigating the death of a Connecticut man who died while working on the Williamsburg Bridge Thursday afternoon.

New Haven resident Jerry Burgess and his painting partner were preparing to paint the bridge when the mechanical lift they were standing on, under the Brooklyn side of the bridge, got stuck.

Authorities say his partner stepped off the life and onto the steel supports of the bridge then the two men tried to reactivate the mechanical platform.

Suddenly, authorities say, the platform moved pinning Burgess, 50, between the metal lift and the steel supports of the bridge.

He was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The married father was employed with Skanska Koch, a contractor hired by the NY Department of Transportation to paint and repair the bridge.
(13September 2010)
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