Most Connecticut residents know that there are certain workers whose jobs are inherently more dangerous than others. These occupations include firefighters, construction workers and agricultural workers. Extra caution must be taken every day at these jobs in order to prevent fatal accidents. Unfortunately, a recent incident at Yale University has claimed the life of a construction worker and highlighted just how dangerous this line of work can be.
Local authorities have reported that a 53-year old construction worker has died after falling into a smokestack at the Yale University power plant. The incident occurred while the man was working on the smokestack. The assistant fire chief for the town of New Haven stated that the family of the deceased worker had been notified about the accident.
Local firefighters faced a very difficult rescue when they arrived on the scene and had to be deployed into teams. One group entered the smokestack from the top while the other group entered the chimney from an old entry point located at the bottom. The firefighters were finally able to reach the worker from the lower access point. The only way they could manage this however, is by cutting through a liner composed of stainless steel which was installed as part of the ongoing work.
The injured worker was already in cardiac arrest when he was pulled from the smokestack. He died later on while being treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
The loss of a loved one due to a fatal workplace accident can traumatize a worker’s family. Any Connecticut resident who has lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person or company may want to speak with a personal injury attorney in order to explore any potential legal avenues that may be available to them.
Source: courant.com, “Construction worker dies after fall into smokestack at Yale power plant“, Oct. 17, 2015