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Monday, November 21, 2011

A Now-Rare Tunnel Accident Claims a Worker’s Life

This New York Times article reports on an incident in a new tunnel being constructed between Long Island and New York.  A employee, working as a sandhog, was killed by a falling section of concrete.  The article states:

"The days when dozens of lives could be lost in the making of a tunnel are supposed to be a part of New York’s past, swept aside by strict regulations and elaborate safety rules.  But the brutal realities of the trade — extreme conditions, dangerous machinery and long hours spent deep underground, far from the nearest hospital — have never entirely lost their menace."

You can read the complete article, which describes the project and what happened, here.

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Blogger Mellor Hargreaves said...

This is really sad. Incidents like this can be prevented if a proper risk assessment is carried out. In this case the area where concrete was sprayed on the ceiling should have been made inaccessible till the concrete had properly dried up. Accident at work claims can be filed in situations like this but, of course, they can't bring back the employees to life.

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Blogger Mellor Hargreaves said...

This is really sad. Incidents like this can be prevented if a proper risk assessment is carried out. In this case the area where concrete was sprayed on the ceiling should have been made inaccessible till the concrete had properly dried up. Accident at work claims can be filed in situations like this but, of course, they can't bring back the employees to life.

6:46 AM  

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