Around 1:45pm on Wednesday, emergency crews responded to a call for a floor collapse at the old Edison power plant at 776 Summer Street.
Firefighters performed a technical rescue with three people trapped. Boston EMS took two of the workers to area hospitals shortly after the collapse. A third worker was rescued after being trapped for three and a half hours and taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The power plant is currently going through the deconstruction phase to make way for a large scale development.
OSHA is currently investigating.
The following statement was released by Suffolk, the company responsible for the deconstruction of the power plant:
An incident occurred at the 776 Summer Street redevelopment project in South Boston today. A catwalk in the 1898 building collapsed and three workers were injured. There were no fatalities. Our thoughts are with the individuals who were injured, along with their families. We are currently on site working closely with OSHA, our subcontractor and the local authorities to determine the cause of this incident and confirm the safety of the site. Safety on our jobsites continues to be our number one priority and we will continue to do whatever it takes to ensure our workers return home safely at the end of every work day.
A spokesperson for Hilco Redevelopment Partners (HRP), owner of the site said, “The safety of the workers on site and in the surrounding areas is our top priority. We are thankful for the swift response from Boston emergency services. As members of the South Boston community, we, along with our contractor, will work with all local authorities to address the situation and keep the community up to date on developments.
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Suffolk has also stopped all of its work in Boston for a safety review in the wake of the demolition accident. The construction company announced a stand-down Thursday “to reinforce job site safety awareness.” The temporary halt work will continue through Friday – or longer if needed.