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(060922 Boston, MA):Officials on scene of a construction accident in the Seaport District on Thursday,June 9, 2022 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
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One person is dead following a construction accident in Boston this morning.

Boston police responded to a call for a construction accident at 5:36 a.m. at 65 Northern Ave. in the Seaport. The victim of the accident — identified later by the Boston Police as James Chaffee, 38, of Westfield — was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Boston police. One additional person was transported to the hospital.

“We offer our sincere condolences to their family and friends. Our thoughts also remain with the victim who was injured and their family as well,” said Boston City Council President Ed Flynn in an emailed statement. “We must redouble our efforts and have strict measures in place to ensure the safety of our workers, neighbors, and pedestrians.”

At the scene, a burgundy Peterbilt tractor-trailer laden with pallets of what appears to be long rectangles of granite was parked in the large, open area surrounded by the Seaport’s high-rise buildings that has played host to the “Snowport” seasonal marketplace.

At least one of the pallets appeared to have fallen from the trailer and was scattered and broken on the driver’s side. A worker in a Tyvek-style clean suit worked through the rubble under a blue tarp, leaving the scene sometime around 11:30 a.m.

Authorities did not provide a narrative of what happened or provide a cause of death by deadline.

The Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health, or MassCOSH, also described the stone as “curbing material” in a statement.

“(E)vents like these are not statistically unusual and that these preventable deaths will continue to occur at the same tragic pace unless we change how worker protections are enforced,” the worker advocacy organization said in their statement. Executive director Jodi Sugerman-Brozen added, “We grieve for the loss of these two workers, especially knowing they could have been prevented.”

Suffolk County DA Kevin Hayden made an appearance at the scene but did not offer information, but his office later stated “our office will continue to work closely with Boston Police and OSHA to determine the facts and circumstances of this terrible tragedy.”

Thursday’s fatality in the Seaport is just the latest serious workplace accident at a construction site in Boston.

In late March, demolition worker Peter Monsini was killed when he and the equipment he was operating plunged to the ground after a floor deck gave way at the Government Center Garage.

In May, a collapse during demolition operations at the South Boston Edison plant injured three workers, including one with life-threatening injuries.

A recent report from the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health shows that 62 workers in the Bay State lost their lives on the job in 2021 — a 38% jump from 45 workplace fatalities in 2020 during the height of the pandemic.

Todd Prussman contributed to this report.

(060922 Boston, MA):Officials on scene of a construction accident in the Seaport District on Thursday,June 9, 2022 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

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