Memorial Bridge worker injured when beam falls on him

Posted May 31, 2013, at 6:24 a.m.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A man believed to be in his 30s suffered a serious leg injury Thursday evening when a metal beam fell on him near the New Hampshire State Pier.

The accident took place at a portion of the pier where sections of the new Memorial Bridge are being assembled, according to Portsmouth Fire Department Capt. Mike Hogan.

The man, who was working on the Memorial Bridge site, was hit by a beam that was approximately 40 feet long, Hogan said. His injuries were not life-threatening.

Portsmouth firefighters were dispatched to the pier, located at 555 Market St., at 6:57 p.m. Hogan said the victim was conscious and alert when they arrived. He was taken by ambulance to Portsmouth Regional Hospital and was in stable condition when he arrived, Hogan said.

Authorities are investigating what caused the beam to fall. Inspectors from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are expected to be on scene Friday morning to probe the circumstances.

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation has also been notified, Hogan said. Archer Western Contractors has been hired to run the $81.4 million project, which is being funded jointly by New Hampshire and Maine. The new bridge between the two states is scheduled to reopen to vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians this summer.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

 

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