OSHA vows prompt probe of Bonner Bridge collapse

By on April 14, 2021

One of the last sections of the Bonner Bridge collapsed on Wednesday evening. (Photo by Don Bowers/Island free Press)

Update April 16 at 4:40 pm: Little new information about the accident or investigation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on April 16. A short release identified the general contractor for the site as PCL Civil Contractors and indicated that the investigation will be completed “as quickly as possible” since a citation must be issued within six months of exposure to an occupational hazard. The  release also provided several links.

If you would like to search PCL’s past history, you can do so using the following link.

Here is a link to the OSHA Inspection Fact Sheet which describes the inspection process.

Additionally, the agency also has a short video on YouTube explaining what happens during an inspection.

Update April 15 at 6 pm: At this point, the investigation into the April 14 collapse of a section of the old Bonner Bridge that left one dead is in the hands of the federal government. But no official account of the accident was made public today. Late on the afternoon of April 15, a spokesman for the U,S. Department of Labor could only confirm that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is handling the investigation and that more information will be released when available.

Update April 14 at 8 pm: Lt. John Packard, a spokesperson for the U.S. Coast Guard, told the Voice that they received the report of the accident at the old Bonner Bridge at 4:54 p.m. on Wednesday and that personnel from Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet transported EMS staffers from the Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station to the accident site where they pronounced the individual as deceased. Packard said the Coast Guard would like to remind mariners that the area around the old Bonner Bridge is a safety zone and should be avoided.

A more complete account of events is expected to be released tomorrow morning. 

Update April 14 at 7:16 pm: The Dare County Sheriff’s office says that according to Dare County EMS, one person has been killed at the site of the construction accident at a section of the old Bonner Bridge, which occurred shortly before 5 p.m. Authorities are currently in the process of notifying the family of the deceased man.

April 14 at 6 pm: A member of the Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet has confirmed that there has been a partial collapse of the old Herbert Bonner Bridge, the span over Oregon Inlet that was replaced by the Marc Basnight Bridge in 2019. The individual offered no further information at this time, noting that the situation at the bridge area is still an ongoing emergency

The Voice is awaiting further details.




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