Posted on February 13th, 2009 by Zane Cagle
Last Saturday, Feb. 7, construction workers and Suffolk University students were shocked when a crane lift toppled over, crashing into the back of a apartment building in downtown Boston. The vehicle fell into the alleyway next to a book shop and across the street from a Suffolk University dormitory. Two construction workers fell with the lift, one managing to jump onto an apartment balcony, the other suffering fatal injuries after colliding with a metal door still inside the cherry picker. The surviving worker was treated for injuries at Massachusetts General Hospital.
At the time of the accident, the vehicle was parked with one set of wheels on the sidewalk and the other atop wood boards for balance. The reason for this was to ensure the two workers in the cherry picker attachment could reach the roof. However, something went wrong and the two workers suddenly found themselves falling as the crane tipped over.
In an official statement by the university, officials acknowledged that the vehicle was owned and run by a roofing company, subcontractors for a large corporation. Suffolk contracted the company to do a routine roof inspection. So far, no new information has been released regarding relations between the University, the contracted companies, and the worker’s families.
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