A Construction Worker Killed and Two Hurt From Walsh Brothers at MIT Construction Site

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A still image from the scene from WCVB5

CAMBRIDGE, MA—A construction worker from Boston-based Walsh Brothers construction company was killed and two others were injured at a construction site at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan confirmed in a statement that a construction worker died Thursday following an apparent industrial incident.

At approximately 3:00 p.m. Cambridge Fire, MIT Police, Cambridge Police, Pro EMS and Inspectional Services responded to a construction site located on Vassar Street for a construction incident resulting in multiple injuries, the statement said.

“The preliminary investigation suggests that a crew was working on a lower floor when material collapsed down on top of workers from an above floor,” the statement said. “Three workers were transported to an area hospital where the decedent, a 41-year-old male from Taunton, later died. The two other construction workers sustained non-life-threatening injuries.”

This case has been referred to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner who will determine the cause of death.

“This is an open investigation being conducted by the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the MIT Police Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),” said the statement, adding that this death is not considered suspicious.

Walsh Brothers officials could not be reached for comment.

The WCVB5 channel, however, quoted a statement from Walsh Brothers as saying: “Walsh Brothers, Inc. is doing everything it can to investigate this tragic incident and is assisting federal and local authorities.” The Walsh Brothers statement added “At this early stage of the investigation, we have no further details other than what has already been reported by the authorities.”