Suffolk Construction Halts Boston Projects After Building Collapse

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Suffolk Construction announced a voluntary pause at all Boston project sites Thursday after a building collapse at a work site at the former Edison Power Plant that left three workers injured.

The incident occurred Wednesday afternoon when a cantilevered floor collapsed on the three workers while they were removing asbestos from the former power plant.

Two of the workers were able to be rescued from the debris immediately. The third worker's legs were trapped under the flooring and it took three-and-a-half hours for him to be safely removed and transported to the hospital.

In a statement released Thursday, Suffolk Chairman and CEO John Fish told workers that the company ordered a "Safety Standdown" that will halt all work at its Boston project sites. The pause will last through Friday as the company undergoes a "comprehensive review and evaluation of existing safety standards and procedures."

"This is a voluntary action on the part of Suffolk," the statement read. "We strive daily to fulfill our continuing commitment to safe operations, demonstrate compassion for our employees and trade partners, and keep our projects safe in every way. This effort will reenergize and bolster that very strong commitment."

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the District Attorney’s Office are investigating the collapse.

This is the second high-profile building collapse in Boston in a little over a month after the March 26 collapse at the Government Center parking garage that killed an engineer.

WBZ's Drew Moholland (@DrewWBZ) reports.

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