Two Linemen Die in Cape Cod Crane Accident
Two linesmen fell to their deaths on Satuday afternoon in Cape Cod when a crane they were using to perform power line maintenance tipped over. The Boston Globe is reporting the men fell up to 170 feet.
Details of the Crane Accident
Firefighters responded to multiple calls reporting the crane accident at Cape Cod Aggregates in Bourne, MA. The two workers were described as “unresponsive, pulseless, and not breathing” when crews arrived.
John Loughran, 34 of Quincy, MA and Joseph L. Boyd, 34 of Fall River, MA both died from injuries sustained in the fall.
Preliminary reports say the workers were employees of Mass Bay Electrical Corp. and had been contracted to perform work on the power lines by NStar. The crane was extended the full 140 feet when the truck tipped over. The workers landed in a nearby gravel pit approximately 30-feet deep. It is unknown at this time what caused the truck to tip over.
Bourne Fire Department Deputy Chief Dana Dupuis told reporters the power lines appeared to have been live at the time of the accident.
Workers from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were on the scene. OSHA is expected to complete a full investigation of the accident.
Worker Accident Statistics
According to OSHA, the “fatal four” type of construction accidents account for three out of five of worker deaths. Those four are: falls, struck by object, electrocution and caught-in/between. Falls alone make up 36% of construction worker deaths. In 2012, 278 construction workers were fatally killed in falls.