Two workers seriously injured at Storrs Center work site

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Storrs - posted Wed., Nov. 30, 2011
The groundbreaking ceremony was held last June for the new Storrs Center. File photo by Melanie Savage.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held last June for the new Storrs Center. File photo by Melanie Savage.

Paul Mangiafico, area director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Hartford, verified on Nov. 29 that two workers were injured after a fall from a scissor lift at the Storrs Center work site in Storrs on Monday, Nov. 28.

Mangiafico said that he would not release the names of the workers, citing the ongoing OSHA investigation. He identified the workers as employees of Empire Construction Company. “I believe the company is out of Massachusetts,” he said.

Mangiafico didn’t yet know the extent of the workers’ injuries, “But they were Lifestarred,” he said. “That can’t be good.”

Connecticut State Police spokesperson Lt. Paul Vance didn’t have any additional details regarding the incident. Though the police were first-responders at the accident, Vance said, “This is a workplace incident not a criminal matter.”

Mangiafico said that OSHA has a six-month statute of limitations to respond to the incident, “though I don’t expect it to take that long,” he added. “I can tell you that if the company is found at fault, they will be fined,” said Mangiafico.

At the June groundbreaking ceremony for the Storrs Center project, held on Dog Lane, members of the Connecticut Laborers’ District Council protested master developer LeylandAlliance LLC's use of non-union workers and out-of-state contractors for the project.


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