One dead at construction site in Seaport

One person has died following a construction accident in Boston this morning.

Boston police responded to a call for a construction accident at 5:36 a.m. at 65 Northern Ave. in the seaport. The crash victim was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Boston police.

The address is the site of a large gravel-filled open space surrounded by the high-rise buildings of the seaport that hosted the seasonal “Snowport” market, which shares the address.

At the scene, a burgundy Peterbilt tractor-trailer loaded with pallets of what appear to be long rectangles of granite was parked. At least one pallet appeared to have fallen from the trailer and was scattered and broken on the driver’s side. A worker in a clean Tyvek-style suit worked in the rubble under a blue tarp until he left the scene around 11:30 a.m.

A worker at a nearby construction site speculated to the media that the granite was likely to be installed as curbs.

But police said there was no information available about the cause of death or what happened at the time. A man in a fluorescent construction vest in a group at the edge of the stage simply replied, “No sir”, when asked if he could tell what had happened.

Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden made an appearance at the scene but did not provide information.

“District Attorney Kevin Hayden responded to the scene and our office will continue to work closely with Boston police and OSHA to determine the facts and circumstances of this terrible tragedy,” his office wrote in a statement. emailed at 11:34 a.m.

Another person was taken to hospital.

The investigation remains active at this time. Boston police will investigate with federal officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other agencies.

Thursday’s death in the seaport is just the latest serious work accident at a construction site in Boston.

In late March, a demolition worker was killed when he and the equipment he was using plummeted to the ground after a floor caved in at the Government Center garage.

In May, a collapse during demolition operations at the South Boston Edison plant injured three workers, including one with life-threatening injuries.

A recent report by the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health shows that 62 Bay State workers lost their lives on the job in 2021, a 38% jump from 45 workplace fatalities in 2020 at the height of the pandemic.

A barista at a nearby cafe said she cried when she came to work and learned of the death nearby.

A man online said “something is wrong” that there have been two fatalities and one near-miss at construction or demolition sites in Boston so far this year.

-Development

(060922 Boston, MA): Officials at the scene of a construction accident in the Seaport District Thursday, June 9, 2022 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo by Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

Alice F. Ponder