BOSTON (WHDH) — Suffolk Construction has halted work at all of its Boston locations as federal officials investigate the scene of a catwalk collapse in South Boston on Wednesday, as well as an incident involving a worker who fell into a building in the South End on Thursday .
The company is conducting a voluntary “safety freeze” through Friday to review its sites, Suffolk officials said.
“We will also use this safety hiatus as an opportunity to increase safety awareness in the workplace and provide our teams with the opportunity to secure, assess, clean and organize their job sites for the resumption of work,” the company wrote in a statement . “If this assessment requires more time for an individual site, that site may remain closed until the review is complete and prepared for safe reopening.”
Suffolk is the general contractor responsible for the demolition of the 1898 Boston Edison Power Plant in South Boston, part of a 1.7 million square foot mixed retail, residential and office complex. Officials said a catwalk collapsed on three workers during the demolition and while two were quickly extricated, one was trapped with his legs under piles of rubble for three hours.
A day later, a crew member at one of the company’s construction sites in the South End was also injured when he fell while working, according to Boston police.
Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden said his office had opened an investigation but he had found no direct evidence of criminal conduct. Federal investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the site and say it will take six months to complete their investigation.
This is the second high-profile building collapse in Boston in just over a month. A collapse during demolition at the Government Center car park claimed the life of an engineer when 100 tonnes of debris fell over the Haymarket MBTA station.
A South Boston resident expressed concern about the damage at the site and said OSHA needed to protect workers.
“OSHA better get to the bottom of this or they should all be fired for this to happen,” said resident Joe Cappuccio. “Who will look after the worker? Nobody!”
Suffolk Construction has undertaken several large projects in the Boston area including work at Encore Casino, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital and recent projects at Logan International Airport.
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