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Work Halts After PA Bridge Site Rescue

Friday, May 5, 2017

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Work is halted on a bridge construction project in central Pennsylvania after workers became trapped on a pier and had to be rescued.

The incident occurred Monday (May 1) on the site of the construction of the Central Susequehanna Valley Thruway, in Union County. According to reports, two workers became trapped on a bridge pier when rebar on the pier shifted. One was able to free himself, but the second had to be rescued.

Officials are at this point unsure why the rebar gave way; a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesman told the Daily Item that both the contractor, Trumbull Corp., of Pittsburgh, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating. Trumbull, which has no recorded OSHA violations in the past five years, did not immediately return a request for comment.

Work to Resume May 15

The workers reportedly suffered only minor injuries. PennDOT officials said work is expected to resume May 15, after the incident is investigated and any necessary changes are made to prevent further problems.

Pier rebar

Two workers on the bridge across the Susquehanna River were trapped for a time after rebar on a pier gave way. A photo from a recent construction update on the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway project website shows the rebar of one of the bridge piers.

The bridge across the Susquehanna River is part of the $670 million CSVT project, which will run 13 miles, from Northumberland County to Snyder County. When ground was broken on the project last May, Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation Leslie Richards called it the “largest new capacity project underway in Pennsylvania.”

The $156 million bridge, the centerpiece of the thruway project, will span more than 4,500 feet, according to PennDOT, and will have a peak height of 180 feet.

The CSVT is scheduled to be complete in 2024.


Tagged categories: Bridges; Health & Safety; Health and safety; North America; Rebar; Safety

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