“Our communities are devastated to learn about the death of two construction workers who lost their lives while on the job at a generating plant at JFK International Airport. Our hearts go out to their families and loved ones, and we express our condolences during this difficult time. Construction worker deaths have reached a recent five-year high, and this incident marks the second serious workplace incident to occur at JFK International Airport in the past month alone.

“JFK International Airport is not just a gateway to New York City, but also an essential part of our Southeast Queens community. Residents, workers, and visitors alike deserve to be safe — and that must include the essential workers who contribute to the daily activity and success of the airport and surrounding communities.

“As the New York City Council representatives for the JFK International Airport community, we are steadfastly committed to working alongside all stakeholders to protect the frontline workers who are building and strengthening New York’s transportation infrastructure. As we await more details about what led to their deaths, we will work with our colleagues at the Port Authority to support those healing from the trauma of losing a loved one, and ensure that this never happens again.”