Safety Officials Probe Deaths Of Two Workers In Bourne

Federal safety officials are investigating a workplace accident last Saturday afternoon, April 12, in Bourne which took the lives of two men.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is exploring the accident, in which a truck with an aerial lift tipped over on land off Scenic Highway.

The Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office identified the dead workers as Joseph Boyd III, 34, of Fall River and John Loughran, 34, of Quincy.

Mr. Boyd and Mr. Loughran were employed by an East Boston electrical contractor known as Mass Bay Electric Corp., according to a spokesman for the federal safety agency, Edmund Fitzgerald.

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The men were working on high-voltage transmission lines owned by NStar Electric, which helps provide electricity to Cape Cod.

The accident occurred at 655 Scenic Highway on property owned by Cape Cod Aggregates Corp. The company is not connected to Mass Bay or to NStar.

Bourne emergency workers responded at 12:38 PM Saturday to a report of an accident at the property.

A news photograph shot near the scene on Saturday shows the truck standing straight up, with the aerial lift extending toward the ground.

The district attorney’s office this week referred all questions about the accident beyond the identity of the dead men to the federal agency.

OSHA is the main federal agency charged with the enforcement of health and safety legislation.

Mr. Fitzgerald said that the agency’s Braintree Area office, which covers southeastern Massachusetts, opened an inspection into the workplace on Saturday.

The purpose of the inspection, Mr. Fitzgerald said, is to determine whether any workplace standards were violated in connection with the incident.

If violations are discovered, the spokesman said, the agency could cite Mass Bay and propose fines.

Mr. Fitzgerald said the agency has up to six months to complete its inspection. Although most inspections do not take that long, he said, those involving fatalities or injuries are more complex and can take several months to complete.

In 2005, the spokesman said, the agency cited and fined Mass Bay for three serious violations. Two involved aerial lifts, while the third concerned working over water.

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