EVERETT (CBS) – There is a somber mood at the massive Wynn Boston Harbor casino construction site as workers mourn the death of one of their own on the job.
“It affects everybody, not going home at the end of the day to your family, it’s tough,” said construction worker Greg Young.
Subcontractor J. Derenzo Co. identifies the worker as 56-year-old Joe Teixeira who was working in the cab of an excavator yesterday afternoon. Investigators say he was taking apart a trench box when something struck him causing life threatening injuries.
Workers say they know well the risks of the job. “It’s the risk you take. Every day I come home and I say thank you God,” said construction worker Harold Ross.
They say safety is reinforced at the nearly two and a half billion-dollar project that’s the largest private development in state history. There were more safety meetings Wednesday morning with questions being asked. “Me and everybody,” said construction worker Paul Pitts. “Everybody has a steward to keep things safe. They’ll be right on top of things now.”
Some workers admit the death has left them shaken, and while they say accidents can happen, it’s a stark reminder it can be a dangerous job. “It’s heavy equipment, working in heights, down in holes and stuff can happen,” said one worker who did not want to be identified.
Investigators say Teixeira regained consciousness before being transported to the hospital where he later died from his injuries. There are several investigations underway including OSHA which is now on site.