NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — One worker is dead, two others recovering after a construction accident at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation building in Northampton.
Outside the District 2 MassDOT building Thursday morning was a busy, frantic scene.
Around 9:40 a.m., a catastrophic collapse of a temporary trailer, causing it to split in half, trapping three construction workers.
“An individual, a male, died as a result of a work related accident and we are investigating the scene,” explained Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan.
The first of those workers was able to escape the trailer shortly after it collapsed with very minor injuries.
The second was rescued around 10:15 a.m. after the crews shored up the trailer with timber. He was rushed to Baystate Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
With the third man still inside, two cranes were called in, both able to lift 30 tons.
But after they sat idle and unused for the better part of an hour, the atmosphere at the scene changed and the urgency of the rescue subdued.
By noon, the heavy equipment left and the worst was realized as the Medical Examiner’s van arrived.
“The individual who died was not a department of transportation individual. It was a contractor that was on scene and I don’t have the exact company the individual was working for,” said Sullivan.
It has since come out that the three men worked from Trico Welding out of Connecticut.
The dead worker has been identified as 56-year-old Alfred Cabiya of Bristol, Conn. He leaves behind a wife and 2 children.
The cause of the accident is still being investigating by several agencies, including Northampton and State Police as well as OSHA and the Department of Labor.
First responders from Northampton, Amherst, and Hatfield all helped in the rescue efforts.