OSHA investigates Port Jervis ditch injury incident


PORT JERVIS – The US Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation into the pylon collapse in a ditch last Saturday in which an employee of D.A. Collins Construction of Wilton, New York was injured.

An OSHA spokesman said the company reported the employee’s injury to OSHA and its Albany office is investigating.

The man was about 15 feet down in the large ditch at Route 6/East Main Street in Port Jervis when the concrete pylon is reported to have fallen on him.

Firefighters had to bring him out of the hole using a rescue cradle and ropes. He was subsequently airlifted to Westchester Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

The work is related to construction of the new bridge being built over the Neversink River in Port Jervis.

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