MBTA service changes in place after worker killed in construction accident

MBTA service changes are in place Monday after a construction worker was killed during a partial collapse of the Government Center parking garage in the Haymarket area of ​​the city. Peter Monsini, 51, of South Easton, died Saturday in the collapse at 1 Congress St. when several floors of the parking garage, which was being demolished, collapsed. “What came down from the garage landed on top of our tunnels. Right now, we are waiting for them to give us the all-clear that the garage itself is safe, and that we can go in and inspect the tunnels, but until we can go in and inspect the tunnels we can not run service right now to Haymarket. That is causing the interruption on the Green and Orange lines, ”MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said.Poftak said he is hopeful inspectors can get into the garage later Monday or Tuesday. “We do not know what we will find, and we will not restart service until it is safe for our customers and our employees,” Poftak said. Orange Line service will be suspended between North Station and Back Bay, while Green Line service will not operate between North Station and Government Center. Shuttle buses will be running between North Station and Government Center. Orange Line customers who wish to reach destinations between Downtown Crossing and Back Bay are encouraged to use nearby Green Line stations between Park and Copley stations.The investigation into the fatal collapse continues. Officials said Monsini was doing demolition work inside the parking garage in a construction vehicle that was equipped with a jackhammer when the floor buckled underneath the vehicle.The vehicle was approaching the edge of the building when the floor buckled and collapsed.After the floor collapsed, Monsini was still inside the construction vehicle as it went over the side of the parking garage and fell nine stories. “It literally sounded like a ton of rubble fell. It just sounded like a huge crash,” witness Caroline Catano told NewsCenter 5’s David Bienick on Sunday. “I’m used to a lot of noise because they’re always doing the jackhammering, but I knew something was amiss when I heard that particular sound.” In a statement confirming the fatal accident, John Moriarty & Associates said the death happened at about 5:30 pm when a concrete slab on the ninth floor on the east side of the Haymarket Garage collapsed onto the eighth floor.The subcontractors working demolition at the time were evacuated from the building and the site has been temporarily shut down.A multitude of Boston police officers, firefighters and Emergency Medical Services personnel, along with Massachusetts State Police troopers, responded to the scene.Firefighters found Monsini at the bottom of a pile of rubble and Boston EMS personnel pronounced him dead at the scene. “This is a horrible tragedy and my heart goes out to the family and loved ones of the worker,” said Boston Mayor Michelle Wu. “Our heartfelt thoughts and condolences go out to the loved ones of the worker who lost his life,” reads the statement from John Moriarty & Associates. “JMA remains committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our employees and trade partners. We would like to thank the Boston Police Department and EMS for their swift response.” On Sunday, inspectors used a fire engine’s bucket ladder and a drone to inspect the pile of rubble at the scene.Boston EMS officials said a second person, a passerby who did not appear to be physically injured, was transported to an area hospital. “The open half just collapsed. It could not be on purpose. It had to be an accident,” that witness said.A woman who heard the collapse said it sounded like continuous thunder.A photo shared with NewsCenter 5 via Twitter showed what appeared to be the heavy construction equipment described by Dempsey trapped under concrete rubble. The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office will be involved in the investigation of the worker’s death, along with numerous local, state and federal agencies, including Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). “Our office is a stone’s throw away from the garage and our staff has watched through their office windows all the work being done these many months. To know that one of the workers on this project has tragically died weighs heavy on our hearts. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends, “reads a statement from the DA’s Office.Parking garage project historyThe demolition of the Government Center parking garage has been going on for several years.Demo work initially began in December 2016 as part of a project to construct a six-building, mixed-use development called Bulfinch Crossing .The Bulfinch Crossing project includes a 1 million-square-foot office tower, a hotel and what will be Boston’s tallest apartment tower at 45 stories.

MBTA service changes are in place Monday after a construction worker was killed during a partial collapse of the Government Center parking garage in the Haymarket area of ​​the city.

Peter Monsini, 51, of South Easton, died Saturday in the collapse at 1 Congress St. when several floors of the parking garage, which was being demolished, collapsed.

“What came down from the garage landed on top of our tunnels. Right now, we are waiting for them to give us the all-clear that the garage itself is safe, and that we can go in and inspect the tunnels, but until we can go in and inspect the tunnels we can not run service right now to Haymarket. That is causing the interruption on the Green and Orange lines, ”MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said.

Poftak said he is hopeful inspectors can get into the garage later Monday or Tuesday.

“We do not know what we will find, and we will not restart service until it is safe for our customers and our employees,” Poftak said.

Orange Line service will be suspended between North Station and Back Bay, while Green Line service will not operate between North Station and Government Center. Shuttle buses will be running between North Station and Government Center. Orange Line customers who wish to reach destinations between Downtown Crossing and Back Bay are encouraged to use nearby Green Line stations between Park and Copley stations.

The investigation into the fatal collapse continues. Officials said Monsini was doing demolition work inside the parking garage in a construction vehicle that was equipped with a jackhammer when the floor buckled underneath the vehicle.

The vehicle was approaching the edge of the building when the floor buckled and collapsed.

After the floor collapsed, Monsini was still inside the construction vehicle as it went over the side of the parking garage and fell nine stories.

“It literally sounded like a ton of rubble fell. It just sounded like a huge crash,” witness Caroline Catano told NewsCenter 5’s David Bienick on Sunday. “I’m used to a lot of noise because they’re always doing the jackhammering, but I knew something was amiss when I heard that particular sound.”

In a statement confirming the fatal accident, John Moriarty & Associates said the death happened at about 5:30 pm when a concrete slab on the ninth floor on the east side of the Haymarket Garage collapsed onto the eighth floor.

The subcontractors working demolition at the time were evacuated from the building and the site has been temporarily shut down.

A multitude of Boston police officers, firefighters and Emergency Medical Services personnel, along with Massachusetts State Police troopers, responded to the scene.

Firefighters found Monsini at the bottom of a pile of rubble and Boston EMS personnel pronounced him dead at the scene.

“This is a horrible tragedy and my heart goes out to the family and loved ones of the worker,” said Boston Mayor Michelle Wu.

“Our heartfelt thoughts and condolences go out to the loved ones of the worker who lost his life,” reads the statement from John Moriarty & Associates. “JMA remains committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our employees and trade partners. We would like to thank the Boston Police Department and EMS for their swift response.”

On Sunday, inspectors used a fire engine’s bucket ladder and a drone to inspect the pile of rubble at the scene.

Boston EMS officials said a second person, a passerby who did not appear to be physically injured, was transported to an area hospital.

“The open half just collapsed. It could not be on purpose. It had to be an accident,” that witness said.

A woman who heard the collapse said it sounded like continuous thunder.

A photo shared with NewsCenter 5 via Twitter showed what appeared to be the heavy construction equipment described by Dempsey trapped under concrete rubble.

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First responders at the scene of a partial building collapse at a parking garage at 1 Congress St. in the Haymarket area of ​​Boston, Massachusetts, on March 26, 2022.

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office will be involved in the investigation of the worker’s death, along with numerous local, state and federal agencies, including Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“Our office is a stone’s throw away from the garage and our staff has watched through their office windows all the work being done these many months. To know that one of the workers on this project has tragically died weighs heavy on our hearts. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends, “reads a statement from the DA’s Office.

Parking garage project history

The demolition of the Government Center parking garage has been going on for several years.

Demo work initially began in December 2016 as part of a project to construct a six-building, mixed-use development called Bulfinch Crossing.

The Bulfinch Crossing project includes a 1 million-square-foot office tower, a hotel and what will be Boston’s tallest apartment tower at 45 stories.

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