October 21, 2015
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA
Yale University, Conn. – A worker and member of the International Brotherhood-Boilermakers union, fell to his death at Yale power plant at Yale University on Saturday October 17th. The 53-year-old subcontractor fell 60-feet while working for International Chimney on a project to upgrade the power plant. New Haven firefighters arrived shortly after the accident.
The injuries were life-threatening when firefighters arrived on the scene and the worker was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he died. Both OSHA and the Yale Police Department are investigating the incident.
“Yale extends its deepest condolences to the worker’s family, friends and co-workers,” said Karen Peart, a spokeswoman for the University. “The University is providing support and counseling to anyone at Yale who has been affected by this sad news.”
According to International Chimney Vice President Edmund Gasiecki, the corporation is working with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in an ongoing investigation to determine what happened at the work site. In addition, counselors are talking with the other workers, friends and family. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time,” Gasiecki said. “The events Saturday deeply saddened all involved.”