Photos From Wednesday’s Construction Accident at a Dunster Road Home

August 23, 2023

Work had been going on at this home on Dunster Road for several months before Wednesday’s accident. Staff photo by Wayne Braverman

Five workers of E&G Builders were injured Wednesday morning in Bedford when a wall they were trying to raise above an expanded garage at a home under construction at 61 Dunster Rd. fell on them. Two of those workers were seriously hurt – one of them is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. A bystander administered CPR to one of the workers at the scene. Three other workers were treated for minor injuries at the hospital.

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“It seemed like they may have had too few workers for the weight of the wall, but again, I’m not in a position to make that determination.” said interim Bedford Fire Chief Paul Sheehan during a press briefing at the scene on Wednesday. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) “has taken over the investigation at this point,” Sheehan said. 

The chief said one firefighter, whom he did not name, was injured during the extrication. He remained on duty initially, Sheehan said, before seeking medical attention.

The home has been under construction for several months. The existing home has been gutted inside and outside for renovation and expansion. Among the many changes being made, the original garage is being enlarged to three bays with a family room slated to be built above it. The wall that collapsed was over the garage, facing the street. 

The owners of the home have been living elsewhere during the construction. 

The Bedford Building Inspector initially believed that the incident occurred due to improper construction techniques. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration arrived on the scene and will conduct a follow-up investigation, which will lead to a final determination of cause. Photo Courtesy Bedford Fire Department
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Wayne Braverman is the Managing Editor of The Bedford Citizen. He can be reached at [email protected], or 781-430-8837.

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