On Tuesday, a worker died when the cable of a hydraulic boom snapped, pinning him against the vehicle. William Barnes, 48, was operating the hydraulic boom on Throgs Neck Bridge in New York. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. According to authorities, the electrical worker did have a commercial driver's license, which was required to operate the equipment.
The original emergency call, around 10:25am said the worker had fallen, but later reports stated that he had been pinned against the vehicle. Lanes on the bridge were temporarily shut down for emergency rescue workers, and the contract employees directly involved in the construction accident have been removed from the project.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the bridge accident.
Electrical Worker Killed by Crane Boom on Throgs Neck Bridge, New York Times, August 25, 2009