Pawtucket man killed in Taunton construction accident

TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — A construction worker died Friday morning after falling at a construction site in Taunton, the Bristol County district attorney’s office confirms.

The man was doing steel work at the site of future beverage processing plant at the Myles Standish Industrial Complex on Charles Colton Road when the accident occurred at about 8:45 a.m.

Officials said he was working about 40 feet off the ground on part of the structure’s framing when he fell.

The victim – identified as 24-year-old Nicholas Dumont of Pawtucket – died shortly after the fall.

“He worked for one of our subcontractors on the job,” said Kim Steimle Vaughan, spokeswoman for Suffolk Construction.

According to the company, about 50 workers were on the scene at the time of the accident.

“We have a trauma service that’s going to come and try to provide counseling service to those who are still on the job site,” Steimle Vaughan said. “But right now, the work has been paused as we beging the investigation to understand what’s happened.”

Suffolk released a formal statement Friday about the accident.

This morning there was a fatal accident at a distribution warehouse construction project at the Myles Standish Industrial Complex in Taunton. Our hearts and prayers go out to that individual and his family at this very difficult time. Safety is the number one priority on our project sites. We are currently working closely with OSHA and the local fire and police departments to investigate the cause of the incident.

Dumont’s death appears to be an accident, and no foul play is suspected, according to the DA’s office.

No one else was injured.

The incident remains under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as well as local and state police.

Recent Suffolk Construction death

According to Steimle Vaughan, the last time a worker was killed on one of their jobs was back in June.

“It was at another job site in Somerville. That investigation is still open,” she said.

The company said a New Hampshire man died after an incident at assembly row. Crews were installing external hoists on a building when a hoist cab fell.

The cause of the accident remains unknown.

OSHA is also investigating that accident, Steimle Vaughan said.

The last time a construction fatality happened in Taunton was about two weeks ago, when a boom lift fell over and landed on a worker.

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