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Falling Crane Kills Boston Worker, Injures Another

On Saturday morning, a crane accident in Boston’s Downtown Crossing neighborhood seriously injured two workers. As they were inspecting the roof of a dormitory building at Suffolk University, the 110-foot-tall aerial lift tipped over.

One of the workers, identified as James Williamson, was thrown into a condo building on West Street and died Saturday night at Massachusetts General Hospital. Williamson was an employee of Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance, which is cooperating with authorities in the investigation.

The other worker, Greg Johnson, fell or jumped onto a second-floor rooftop as the crane fell. He was initially listed in serious condition, but his status was changed to fair the following day. Johnson is an employee of Reliable Roofing, which was fined by OSHA last spring for failing to provide guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest sytems.

Federal safety officials and Boston homicide detectives were on the scene through the weekend to investigate the cause of the crane crash.

Firm is cooperating as death on crane investigated, Boston Globe, February 9, 2009
Crane falls down, killing worker, Boston Globe, February 8, 2009
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