Police & Fire

Officials Cite Contractor as Creating “Unsafe and Dangerous Worksite” After Woman Hurt

The woman who was struck by a falling metal railing on Thursday remains in critical condition as city officials investigate the scene and the contractor involved in the tragic incident.

Commercial Wharf East with crane pallet showing broken railing that fell and seriously injured a woman walking on Atlantic Avenue (NEWF Image)

Boston Inspectional Services Department named Corolla Contracting of Winthrop in a statement on Friday and stopped work at the site on the North End waterfront. ISD issued violations to the contractor because “the work currently being done at 47 Commercial Wharf East exceeds the terms of the permit issued by ISD. The permit issued allows for the removal and replacement of a rubber roof, however building inspectors noted that a deck was removed without the proper permits. Additionally, violations were issued for failing to indicate the placement of lumber on the permit application. These violations led to the operation of an unsafe and dangerous worksite.”

Piece of metal railing shown next to mailbox after falling from roof of building (NEWF image)

OSHA records showed that Corolla Contracting Inc. has been cited for eight safety violations since 2010. Defending its permit issuance, ISD said “Corolla Contracting does not have any outstanding violations with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and they have not received any violations from the City of Boston in the past five years.”

In its own statement yesterday, “Corolla Contracting, Inc. is profoundly saddened by today’s accident and send their sympathy to the woman injured and to her family. The company will continue to fully cooperate with the investigation of this tragic accident.”