Marlborough: OSHA probes death of construction worker
Updated May 8, 2017 at 7:22 PM
By Jeff Malachowski
Daily News Staff
MARLBOROUGH, MA – Federal safety investigators are looking into the death of a 30-year-old Arizona construction worker who fell 35 to 50 feet from a roof while working on the New England Sports Center expansion.
Police received a 911 call just before noon that a construction worker fell off the roof of the Donald Lynch Boulevard ice arena. The man, whom authorities did not identify Monday, was taken by ambulance to Marlborough Hospital where he died about an hour later, said Police Detective Jared Snapp.
Authorities are investigating what caused the man, an employee of Colorado Springs-based Alpha Steel Erectors, to fall, but say no foul play is suspected, said Elizabeth Vlock, spokeswoman for the Middlesex District Attorney’s office.
The owner of Alpha Steel Erectors is listed as Chris Blakeley. His facebook page lists the following about him:
The Andover office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is inspecting the construction site for any violations, said agency spokesman James Lally.
Lally declined to comment on the specifics of the investigation because it is ongoing. He said the purpose is to determine if there were any violations of workplace safety standards defined by the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970.
Under federal law, OSHA has six months to complete its investigation. Lally anticipates more information will be available when the inspection is complete.
Officials from Alpha Steel Erectors and Wes Tuttle, general manager of the New England Sports Center, could not be reached for comment Monday.
The New England Sports Center is undergoing an 88,830-square-foot expansion, which will include two new ice rinks, 110 more parking spaces and potentially a second restaurant.
Built in 1994 with four ice rinks, the New England Sports Center has undergone a handful of expansions in recent years. In 2005 the facility added a fifth rink and expanded again in 2010 to add a sixth to meet the growing demand for ice time.
The expansion is slated to be completed this summer.
A 30-year-old construction worker from Arizona was killed when he fell 35 to 50 feet while working at the New England Sports Center on Sunday.
Police said they were alerted to the fall just before noon and the man was taken by ambulance to UMass Memorial - Marlboro Hospital, where he died about an hour later.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration responded, along with the medical examiner’s office and police detectives.
Marlboro Police Lt. Robert Jusseaume said the man was working for a steel company that is constructing new ice rinks at the facility on Donald Lynch Boulevard. It is believed he fell from a beam, police said.
D C Steel Builders, unsafe, un-trained, and broke
This is the company listed in Chris Blakeley's facebook pages. Apparently, after the company went belly up, he set up another company named Alpha Steel Erectors. Something is smelling very bad here.
Christopher E Blakeley, DC Steel Builders Inca former mortgage banker decided to get into the steel erection business, so he went to work for a company in Florida, (united steel erectors) where he learned all the wrong things, he has no formal training only the hands on monkey see monkey do approch, just recently on 10-16-2010 he was contracted to erect a 20,000 square foot building located on:
The campus of the university of Wyoming, where he hired a highly experienced iron worker, for help, however his greed and need for money outweighed the advise and safety concerns and direction of the Supervisor he hired to help , because he did not have the experience and or equipment to proceed with the steel erection and totally ignored standard erection procedures he suffered a total collapse of the structure he was contracted to build, in my opinion, DC Steel Builders should be run out of the steel erection business until such time as Mr.christopher Blakeley , gains some formal education in the business.!!!! And some formal safety training.
Not only was DC Steel Builders responsible in whole for this accident, but could have caused the deaths of several of his employees , and it was all because of his poor financial situation and his greed!!!!!! , In addition to this he has turn his back on the basics of trust of a employer and employee relationship , and has not even paid his employees, so to anyone planning on or has received a quote from DC Steel builders.
The above facts should be weighed carefully before doing any business with Christopher Blakeley.
He is a snake oil sales man in my opinion and will say anything, so you are forewarned!!! And he should not be trusted , in my option, I will say this in his favor, he is a great salesman , but that’s it, and I believe he would be far better selling used cars , because I firmly believe this is where he’s talent lies
And leaving steel erection to the trained and safe contractors.!!!!