Two Boston Workers Killed In Collapsed Trench
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
Two men died in a
construction accident when a deep trench collapsed in Boston's South End neighborhood on
Friday afternoon. According to the Boston Fire Department, two men became
trapped after a water main gave way and flooded a trench. Authorities
say the men were working in a trench next to a fire hydrant. Water began
to pour into the hole, and two men did not have time to get out. Rescue
crews worked throughout the night and recovered their bodies hours later
at around 8 p.m. The crew had to work in a trench box and carefully removed
the dirt with their hands.
The victims were identified as a 47-year-old man and a 53-year-old man.
Boston Police Commissioner said a preliminary investigation revealed a
pipe broke and quickly flooded the trench that was estimated to be about
12 to 15 feet deep, causing it to collapse.
Boston Police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will
be investigating the cause of the deadly incident. The Suffolk County
District Attorney's Office will also be joining the investigation
of the private contractor, Atlantic Drain Services, who employed the workers.
Officials say the investigation is underway and the area around Dartmouth
Street is expected to be closed for several days during this time. Officials
say previous safety issues have been found with the Roslindale-based Atlantic
Drain Services. Earlier this year, the company was cited for eight different
violations and has paid $20,000 in fines to OSHA.
AHundreds of workers are injured or killed when a trench collapses. Many
times the accident was caused by failure to follow safety procedures.
If you have been involved in a similar construction accident, please
contact a construction accident attorney at Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC.