Sanitation Worker Hit, Killed by Street Sweeper Truck

A sanitation worker died Saturday after he was was pinned by a street sweeper truck operated by another sanitation worker.

Stephen Frosch, 43, was making an adjustment to a street sweeper when another sweeper vehicle struck him at around 1 p.m. in Maspeth, the NYPD said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. There have been no arrests.

Frosch had been with the Department of Sanitation since 1999 and had a wife and four children, officials said.

Kathryn Garcia, the sanitation commissioner, offered her condolences to Frosch's family.

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

The mayor's office also offered its condolences.

"We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of one of New York's Strongest today while on the job in service of our city," Mayor de Blasio said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Steven Frosch's family -- especially his wife and four children -- as well as his friends and fellow sanitation workers." 

The city's street sweeper trucks, with their giant rotating brushes, sweep more than 6,000 miles of New York streets each day. 

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