Thursday, August 3, 2017

A construction worker, 50, was killed Wednesday when a concrete foundation wall fell several feet onto him as he worked inside a trench at a home in Medford, Mass.

MEDFORD, MA (WHDH) - A construction worker was killed Wednesday when a concrete wall fell several feet onto him as he worked at a home in Medford.

Fire officials said crews responded to a home on Highland Avenue for a report of a worker that was trapped in a trench. Officials said the wall collapsed as he was making repairs to the home’s foundation. The wall fell about 5 to 6 feet, landing on him and pinning him underneath.

The worker, a man around 50 years old, was taken to Mass General Hospital with serious injuries. He was later pronounced dead.

“What we’re here for is to send our condolences to the family, and the co-workers that witnessed this, along with the homeowners, that I’m sure this will weigh heavily in all their hearts,” said Medford Mayor Stephanie Muccini Burke.

The man’s name was not released, pending family notification.


MEDFORD, MA — A 50-year-old man died after what officials are calling construction accident on Highland Ave. Wednesday afternoon.

The Middlesex DA's Office confirmed that the man, who has not been identified, was working in Medford alongside the foundation of a building. The foundation collapsed, fatally wounding him. Police responded around 2:44 p.m. The man was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The case is being investigated by state and local police, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The death is not being considered suspicious.

A construction worker has died after a concrete wall collapsed onto him in Medford, Massachusetts, Wednesday, according to the mayor.

The incident occurred at 786 Highland Ave. just before 3 p.m., according to the Medford Fire Department.

The worker, a 50-year-old Massachusetts man, was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with serious injuries. He later died from those injuries.

The Middlesex District Attorney's Office said preliminary investigation suggests that the worker had been working alongside the foundation of the building when it collapsed, striking him.

Construction Worker Killed in Medford, Mass.
A construction worker is dead in Medford, Massachusetts after the foundation of a building collapsed, striking him.(Published Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017)

The cause of death has not been determined, but it is not considered suspicious.

Massachusetts State Police, Medford police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.