Suffolk halts construction following South Boston collapse that injured three people
At least 3 injured in collapse of former South Boston power plant
Construction accidents brought the region’s largest construction company to a halt this week.
The shutdown of Suffolk Construction’s projects was expected to last until at least Friday, although at some sites it could last longer, according to John Fish, the company’s chief executive.
The purpose of the shutdown was “to heighten safety awareness,” according to a company announcement.
Here’s what we know about the circumstances that led to the shutdown of operations in Suffolk and the recent spate of injuries and fatalities at Boston-area construction sites:
Three injured after collapse of old South Boston power plant
Three workers were hospitalized on Wednesday after the collapse of an old south Boston power plant that Suffolk Construction was working on.
It took three hours to extricate one of the victims, who first responders said might need a leg amputated to free him; the amputation was ultimately not necessary, officials said. The three victims were taken to hospital in the afternoon.
A room in the Edison Power Plant at 776 Summer St. collapsed around 1:45 p.m. Also known as the L Street Power Plant, the building was closed at the time of the incident. it had been sold to Redgate/Hilco.
The area is expected to be transformed into a mixed-use development with residential, commercial and retail space, according to planning records.
“Our hearts go out to the workers and families affected by today’s collapse in South Boston,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. said in a press release. “I am grateful to our responders who were on scene immediately and worked diligently for hours on this rescue operation. This is an ongoing investigation.”
Worker falls 30 feet
Not even 24 hours after the power station incident, a worker fell around 30ft onto a construction project in the South End which was the site of another job in Suffolk.
The incident at 100 East Canton St. happened around 10:46 a.m. Thursday. The worker was listed in stable condition that evening, according to The Boston Globe.
OSHA was investigating the incident on Friday, with a spokesperson noting that inspections were underway on the project’s two employers, Suffolk Construction and G&C Concrete, the newspaper reported.
Government Center garage collapse
Both accidents follow an incident in which a construction worker was killed in late March during the demolition of the Government Center garage by construction company John Moriarty & Associates.
Suffolk Construction is not involved in this project.
The victim was Peter Monsini, 51, who died during demolition work in a construction vehicle. Part of the structure collapsed and the vehicle fell off the side of the building. He was declared dead on the spot.
Another worker was also hospitalized during this incident.
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