Death of Boston construction worker under investigation
One person died in a construction accident in Boston on Thursday morning and a second person was taken to hospital, police said.
Officers responded to the city’s Seaport District around 5:30 a.m. to report an accident, Officer Andre Watson said.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Injuries to the other person are not considered life-threatening, he said.
The Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health said the worker was crushed by heavy blocks of curb material that were being unloaded. No information about the victim has been made public.
The death is being investigated by police, the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office and the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The death is the latest on-the-job fatality in the Boston area recently, and comes the day after a 60-year-old night security guard at the Brookline Country Club was found dead by co-workers after apparently falling from a terrace, authorities said.
A worker was killed in March when a floor caved in at the Government Center garage In Boston. A worker died in October in a building under construction in East Boston.
But despite several recent stories of construction worker fatalities, Jeff Newton, the director of communications for MassCOSH, says the state is on track for an average number of worker fatalities on the job.
“We happen to be seeing a slight increase in the number of workers being killed on the job,” Newton told GBH News. “But here at MassCOSH, we really think that’s something that we may have just come to terms with – that construction workers are dying on the job. And that’s something that we believe can be completely prevented. , as does OSHA.”
He says OSHA’s low staffing makes it difficult to enforce safety and investigate deaths in a timely manner.
Of the 62 Massachusetts workers who lost their lives on the job in 2021, 15 worked in construction, according to an April report by MassCOSH.