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Rochester bridge repair accident kills one

A 35-year-old construction worker died after the boat he was working in tipped over in a bridge rehab project on June 22, an Equipment World article reported.

At around 8:30 a.m., responders rushed to the Inner Loop Bridge in Rochester after learning that a construction worker employed by Pike Company fell from the boat he was doing bridge repair in. The construction worker was immediately found dead. Crews operating a dam nearby had to reduce the river flow to allow the responders to extricate the body.

Authorities said the construction worker was equipped with a safety line. However, the line was stuck underwater and his body was caught in an abutment, causing him to drown.

Pike Company, which was given the $5.9 million repair project, said this is the most serious workplace incident the company has ever experienced. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently investigating the tragic bridge repair incident.

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