Construction Worker Killed in St. Louis Tugboat Accident
According to KTVI-TV, a construction worker was killed on July 16 in St. Louis when a tugboat hit the Eads Bridge.
The news outlet reported that the victim, age 24, was working on a sandblasting project on the bridge when the vessel struck it. He reportedly fell from his position on the bridge, to his death. He was working on scaffolding when the incident occurred.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is investigating the accident, said the victim was an employee of Thomas Industrial Coatings. The suspended construction scaffold that the victim was working on reportedly became entangled in the tugboat after it struck the bridge. In addition to the man’s death, 10 other construction workers sustained injuries in the accident.
Sadly, the victim leaves behind a wife and a young child. According to KTVI, this is not the first time an employee from Thomas Industrial Coatings has died in a bridge accident. The company has been cited numerous times in the past for fatal incidents.
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It will be some time to see the outcome of the investigation into this tugboat accident. While our maritime law firm often represents merchant seamen or passengers injured in recreational boating accidents, this incident is unusual in that it involved a worker on a bridge who may have been killed due to the alleged negligence of a tugboat operator.
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