Distraught father identifies worker killed in Boston construction accident – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (AP) — One person died in a construction accident in Boston Thursday morning and a second person was taken to the hospital, police said.

Officials responded to the city’s seaport district around 5:30 a.m. for reports of an accident, Officer Andre Watson said.

The victim, identified by his father as 38-year-old Jim Chaffee Jr., was pronounced dead at the scene. Injuries to the other person are not considered life-threatening, Watson said.

The Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health said the worker was crushed by heavy blocks of road safety material being dumped.

Chaffee Jr. was a truck driver who delivered flagstones to a construction site. 7NEWS cameras were there as stacks of granite slabs believed to be involved were removed.

In an emotional phone interview with 7NEWS, he described his son as his best friend.

“Very kind person who gives you everything if he thinks you want it,” he said. “Love life, have a good time.”

“No worker should ever die trying to provide for their family,” said MASSCOSH Policy Director Al Vega.

The death is currently being investigated by police, the Suffolk Attorney’s Office and the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Agency.

The death is the latest workplace fatality in the Boston area and comes the day after a 60-year-old security guard was found dead overnight by colleagues at The Country Club in Brookline, after apparently falling from a patio area, the said authorities with.

A worker was killed in March when a floor deck gave way in the Government Center garage In Boston. A worker died in an apartment building under construction in East Boston in October.

Of the 62 Massachusetts workers who died on the job in 2021, 15 were in construction, according to a report released by MassCOSH in April. Vega said they are pushing for more workplace visits.

“Perhaps we could mitigate more of the potential hazards and risks that employers could expose their workers to if they don’t provide proper PPE, the right type of training, or additional equipment to do their jobs safely.”

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