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Bridge Fall Injures MA Excavator

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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REVERE, MA—Federal authorities are investigating the cause of a crash that sent an excavator off a bridge during a rehabilitation project over the weekend.

The equipment operator, a 50-year-old local man, suffered a head laceration in the early-morning accident Saturday (May 30). The victim, who was not identified, was treated at Massachusetts General Hospital and released, according to the Boston Herald.

The incident occurred in the westbound lanes of the Winthrop Avenue Bridge on the second day of demolition in preparation for the rehabilitation work, according to the City of Revere.

The overpass was closed in both directions at the time, and no other injuries were reported.

The eastbound lanes of the overpass reopened Monday (June 1) as scheduled.

Massachusetts State Police

The operator of the excavator was treated for a head injury after his equipment fell off a bridge during a demolition project in Revere, MA. OSHA is investigating.

Investigation Underway

The Massachusetts State Police reported that a beam had shifted while the excavator was demolishing the westbound lanes of the Winthrop Avenue Bridge, which carries Route 145 and pedestrian traffic over the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail tracks.

The shift caused the excavator to fall onto the tracks below. The MBTA had previously rerouted rail riders to an alternate bus route for the project.

The identity of the victim’s employer was not immediately available.

Revere City Engineer Nicholas J. Rystrom said that he did not know the name of the contractor for the project and was not sure if the victim worked for the general contractor or a subcontractor.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation did not respond to a request for more information.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident but had no additional details, said spokesman Ted Fitzgerald.

City of Revere, MA

The $10 million MassDOT bridge rehabilitation project began in the fall and is expected to be completed in 2016.

Project on Track

The $10 million bridge replacement project, led by MassDOT, began in the fall and is expected to be completed by summer 2016.

The weekend accident is not expected to delay the project. Reconstruction of the lanes was expected to continue this week. Replacement of the eastbound lanes will begin this fall, the city said.

   

Tagged categories: Accidents; Bridges; Cranes; Health & Safety; Health and safety; North America; OSHA; Roads/Highways

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