NYCHA worker dies on the job in Coney Island

An elevator mechanic helper for the New York City Housing Authority died on the job Friday in Coney Island.

An elevator mechanic helper for the New York City Housing Authority died on the job Friday in Coney Island. (4/15/16)

BROOKLYN - An elevator mechanic helper for the New York City Housing Authority died on the job Friday in Coney Island.

The worker, identified as 54-year-old Igor Begun, was working in the roof's elevator machine shortly before 11:30 a.m. when something went wrong.

Investigators believe Begun was working on a fuse box and may have been electrocuted, although the cause of death remains under investigation.

A colleague who was performing elevator maintenance in the building's lobby discovered the body. By the time emergency workers arrived on the scene, officials say Begun was dead.

NYCHA has issued a statement offering condolences to the victim's family.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

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