Last week in Lawrence, Massachusetts, a 10-wheel Mack truck killed Robert Augeri of Londonderry, Mass. Augeri died at 1:30 am on his 31st birthday while working for Brox Industries on a highway paving project on Interstate 495. The truck, which was driven by Robert McCann of Methuen, Mass., had backed into the closed left travel lane near Exit 44.
The Massachusetts State Police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are launching a dual investigation, examining the truck and construction job site to ensure that federal safety regulations were followed. According to the Highway Department, this was the first fatal accident in a Massachusetts Highway Department Construction Zone in more than a decade.
That news comes as little consolation to Augeri’s family. His parents, who reside in Lowell, Mass., told the Eagle Tribune that their son was so committed to giving his wife and four young children a good life that he held down three jobs. The father and husband also worked for Chunky’s Cinema and SPR in Milton.
Although no charges have been filed, Augeri’s parents want answers. Why wasn’t there a spotter to monitor moving equipment at the job site? Did the Mack truck use orange strobe lights to warn construction workers when it was backing up?
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Father from Londonderry dies in construction accident, Eagle Tribune, June 4, 2008
Truck runs over man in highway construction zone, Boston.com, June 3, 2008