An accident involving two portable trailers resulted in the death of a Connecticut man on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at a construction site in Northampton, Massachusetts. Multiple government agencies are investigating the accident, including local police, Massachusetts State Police, state health regulators, and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Investigators are searching for the cause of the accident as well as any regulatory violations that might have contributed to it.
The accident occurred shortly before 9:40 a.m. Thursday morning, at the construction site for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) building in Northampton. Some details of the accident remain unclear, but media reports indicate that three men were involved in assembling two portable trailers intended for use as temporary office buildings while the DOT’s permanent building was under renovation. The trailers shifted somehow, trapping the three men, who were either inside one of the trailers or between the two trailers. One of the men was able to escape without injury, while another suffered “non-life-threatening injuries,” according to the Associated Press. The second man was taken to a nearby hospital at about 10:00 a.m. The third man, a 56 year-old resident of Bristol, Connecticut, died of the injuries sustained in the accident. Emergency responders were reportedly unable to extract his body from the accident site until 12:30 p.m. All three of the men worked for Trico Welding, which was contracted by the state for the construction job.