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Construction on Mount Hope Bridge stopped after construction workers’ death

The construction on Mount Hope Bridge has been temporarily stopped after a construction worker plunged from about 75 feet to the ground on Tuesday, July 23. Work will be canceled until preliminary investigations on what could have caused the fall are completed.

The victim, who was known as 45-year-old Bozrah, Connecticut resident David Dupee, fell from the portion of the bridge over land on the side of Bristol, Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority chairman David Darlington gave an assurance that work on the Pell and the Mount Hope bridges will be indefinitely postponed until after they have ensured that safety precautions are in effect for the bridges’ construction and were already in place during the time of the fatal accident.

The contract for the construction of Mount Hope belongs to Pawtucket’s Aetna Bridge.

Dupee was an employee of Tarrytown, New York-based structural steel painting company TDA Construction.


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