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Two Construction Workers Presumed Dead after Hydrant Collapses in Boston


According to NECN, two workers are presumed deceased after the ground collapses around their feet and fills with water on Boston’s South End Friday afternoon.

Details of the Construction Accident

The Boston Fire Department says the area around a fire hydrant collapsed, trapping two construction workers in the 12-foot pit as it quickly filled with water.

The incident occurred around 1:00 p.m. local time on Dartmouth Street. NECN reports that Boston Fire claimed two men are in the hole, which at the time was still filled with water. The two men are employed by a private company.

Officials are shoring up the trench so it is safer to recover the two presumed dead workers from the pit. According to Boston’s Mayor, the area could be closed off for days.

On The Job Accident Statistics

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),

  • In 2014, 4,821 workers died on the job.
    • On average, more than 92 workers died every week.
  • Out of 4,386 worker fatalities in the private industry in 2014, 899 died in construction accidents.
    • 39 out of the 899 (4.3%) deaths were due to a worker being caught-in/between equipment or an object.
  • The leading cause of private sector worker deaths in the construction industry is falls (39.9%).

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