MBTA Worker Rescued After Falling 30 Feet at the Red Line Station

MBTA Worker Rescued After Falling 30 Feet at the Red Line Station


03/30/2011 // Greensboro, NC, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Boston, MA — A Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority worker was rescued on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, after he fell at least 30 feet into a hallow concrete shaft. The work-related accident occurred at the Charles Street/MGH Station at around 4:20 a.m., reported The Boston Channel.

According to officials Edward Rowe 46, a power division worker, fell 30 feet through a small space between the tracks into a concrete column at the Red Line station.

Rowe was described as a “big guy” by two technical rescue workers, who worked 2 ½ hours to free him. Rescue crews used rope and a harness to lift him out of the tight shaft. The shaft was about the size of a manhole, which was no more than 3 feet by 3 feet wide.

Rowe was alert and conscious throughout the rescue effort and was reportedly in a lot of pain. Boston Fire Department emergency workers feared he may have broken his legs in the fall.

Rowe was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment, where he is listed in serious condition.

Authorities reported that Rowe has been with the MBTA for about 25 years.

Investigations are underway. Officials with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are expected to conduct an investigation of their own.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Massachusetts work-related accident lawyers.

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