An older resident of Mountainville, Cornwall, who worked for the New York Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for two decades, died on Wednesday morning, August 7 in what was described as a “work-related” accident. Sixty-one-year-old Lance Gayton was discovered by his fellow employee at the Youmans Flats garbage transfer station at Harriman State Park.
According to the other worker, Gayton had been involved in a “work-related” accident using a “piece of heavy construction equipment.” He said he then called emergency medical personnel for help. The New York State Park Police and State Parks lifeguards responded to the accident until an ambulance came to carry Gayton off to the Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, where he was declared dead at around 11:18 a.m.
The state’s Public Employee Health Safety Bureau officials are investigating the incident.
Gayton was survived by his wife, Linda, and his children, Jennifer and Jason.
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.