City Councilor Ed Flynn will ask the council tomorrow to approve a hearing on whether more can be done to keep workers and people walking by construction sites safer, following last week's deaths of two workers pushed into a trench by a truck on High Street.
Flynn's request lists a series of fatal and near-fatal incidents over the past few years in Boston - including a 2019 incident in which a woman walking on Atlantic Avenue in the North End was hit by debris from a construction project. In 2019, the owner of a Roslindale pipe contractor was convicted of manslaughter for the drowning deaths of two of his workers in a South End trench.
These tragedies illustrate the importance of construction site safety,especially when cranes and machinery are set up in areas with dense pedestrian traffic,or above streets with heavy traffic,such as in the neighborhoods of South Boston, Downtown, Chinatown,the South End, Beacon Hill, and the Back Bay.
The council's meeting begins at noon.