In a freak accident, a man was crushed by a beam at a bridge and steel facility on Marginal Street. in east Boston on Monday, Dec. 10. The decedent, a 46 year-old-man from El Salvador, had lived in the U.S. for 12 years and is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.
A spokesperson for the city's fire department explained that a 12,000 pound bulky piece in an arch shape had shifted and fallen, trapping the worker underneath. He died at the scene, but firefighters were working to recover the body. They had to move slowly for fear of disrupting the remains of the worker, so the process was time-consuming.The spokesperson for the department did not know what the steel beam was used for.
Preliminary reports state the death of the worker was an accident, as there was no evidence of foul play. There were three other workers in the same area as the victim at the time of the accident.
The mood was somber as efforts continued to find the body went into the night. Emergency vehicles went back and forth through the open gate of the facility to the place where the accident occurred. The scene was quiet with few neighbors slowly passing through as the night pressed on. Family of the victim gathered outside the facility, patiently waiting for news of their loved one.
This incident was the second one in five days in the city of Boston's industrial plants. A previous incident occurred a few days earlier at a construction site in Downtown Crossing and involved a 37-year-old worker injured by a scissor lift. According to investigators, the man later died of his injuries at Tufts Medical Center.
Investigations are ongoing into both accidents.
Both of these incidents took place at a construction site. Construction workers face some of the most dangerous working conditions in the country. If you or a loved one has suffered a fatality or injury in a Maryland work-related accident, you have rights under the law. Companies are required to protect you from faulty equipment, negligent supervisors or safety hazards that can cause construction worker injuries.