Investigations after 3 injured, 1 seriously, in the collapse of an old power station

Investigations are ongoing Thursday after three workers were injured, including one who suffered life-threatening injuries, in a meltdown at a historic power plant being redeveloped in South Boston earlier this week. The collapse happened around 1:40 p.m. Wednesday at 776 Summer St., which is Edison’s former power plant. Suffolk Construction said a walkway in the century-old building collapsed, injuring three workers. Boston Fire Marshal Jack Dempsey said two injured workers who suffered non-life-threatening injuries were immediately evacuated from the building. A third worker, however, was trapped when a falling wall landed on his legs and lower body. It was extracted about 3.5 hours later. Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday he wants to make sure federal and state rules are followed. said Baker. “I love that many more are waiting for the results of these investigations because that’s what tells us what we need to do to try to make sure these things don’t happen again in the future.” Officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration responded to the scenes and said Thursday the agency had opened inspections with all three employers at the site: Suffolk, Northstar Contracting Group, Inc and TRC Companies. “We are currently working on-site closely with OSHA, our contractor and local authorities to determine the cause of this incident and confirm site safety. Safety on our sites remains our number one priority and we will continue to do whatever it takes to ensure our workers return home safely at the end of each working day,” Suffolk said in a statement. Edison Generating Station, also known as L Street Generating Station, is located on Castle Island Road and across from Black Hawk Quay. The building, which was built in 1898, has been vacant for about 15 years. According to the Boston Planning & Development Agency, the power plant was sold to Redgate/Hilco by Exelon Corporation. Crews recently began demolition to make way for a new mixed-use complex. Redgate/Hilco has proposed to develop approximately 15 acres located at 776 Summer St. with approximately 610,000 square feet of residential use, approximately 860,000 square feet of office/research uses and development approximately 80,000 square feet of commercial uses , approximately 115,000 square feet of hotel use and over 1,200 parking spaces. The proposal will preserve several historic buildings on the site and provide 5.7 acres of new public open space, according to the Boston Planning & Development Agency Wednesday’s collapse marks the second collapse at a Boston construction site this year. A wrecker, Peter Monsini, 51, of South Easton, died on March 26 in a partial collapse in the Government Center car park.

Investigations are ongoing Thursday after three workers were injured, including one who suffered life-threatening injuries, in a meltdown at a historic power plant being redeveloped in South Boston earlier this week.

The collapse happened around 1:40 p.m. Wednesday at 776 Summer St., which is Edison’s former power plant. Suffolk Construction said a walkway in the century-old building collapsed, injuring three people.

Boston Fire Marshal Jack Dempsey said two injured workers who suffered non-life-threatening injuries were immediately evacuated from the building. A third worker, however, was trapped when a falling wall landed on his legs and lower body. It was extracted about 3.5 hours later.

Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday he wanted to make sure federal and state rules were followed.

“There are always appropriate investigations after these incidents to determine what can be done to ensure that, whatever the particular circumstances, it does not happen again in the future,” Baker said. “I love that many more are waiting for the results of these investigations because that’s what will tell us what we need to do to try to make sure these things don’t happen again in the future.”

Officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration responded to the scenes and said Thursday the agency had opened inspections with all three employers at the site: Suffolk, Northstar Contracting Group, Inc and TRC Companies.

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“We are currently working on-site closely with OSHA, our contractor and local authorities to determine the cause of this incident and confirm site safety. Safety on our sites remains our number one priority and we will continue to do whatever it takes to ensure our workers return home safely at the end of each working day,” Suffolk said in a statement.

Edison Power Station, also known as L Street Power Station, is located on Castle Island Road and across from Black Falcon Pier. The building, which was built in 1898, has been vacant for about 15 years.

According to the Boston Planning & Development Agency, the power plant was sold to Redgate/Hilco by Exelon Corporation. Crews recently began demolition to make way for a new mixed-use complex.

First responders at the scene of a building collapse collapse at the former Edison x20;Power Plant, located 776 Summer St. in Boston, Massachusetts on May 4, 2022.

Redgate/Hilco proposed to develop approximately 15 acres located at 776 Summer St. with approximately 610,000 square feet of residential use, approximately 860,000 square feet of office/research and development uses approximately 80,000 square feet of commercial uses, approximately 115,000 square feet of hotel use and over 1,200 parking spaces.

The proposal will preserve several historic buildings on the site and provide 5.7 acres of new public open space, according to the Boston Planning & Development Agency.

Wednesday’s collapse marks Boston’s second construction site collapse this year. A wrecker, Peter Monsini, 51, of South Easton, died on March 26 in a partial collapse in the Government Center car park.

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