State police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating the death of a 58-year-old Methuen man who died Friday while maintaining a crane at the Conley Terminal in South Boston, according to a communicated.
Investigators said the man, whose name has not been released, was an employee of Capco Crane Hoist, which was hired to perform maintenance on one of the terminal’s gantry cranes.
Police said shortly before 9.45am on Friday, the worker ‘collapsed or fell’ from a 150ft high platform, and his jacket got caught on the edge of the platform . The victim was hanging over the edge by her jacket when two other crane operators pulled her onto the rig and took lifesaving action until Boston firefighters arrived, the statement said.
Police said the victim was transported to Tufts Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is investigating the man’s cause of death.
State Police detectives remained at the scene until late afternoon to investigate the incident. State police have jurisdiction over the investigation because Conley Terminal is owned by the Massachusetts Port Authority. OSHA also responded to the scene and began a separate investigation into safety protocols related to the incident.
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