Worker Killed at Casino Construction Site

Boston – OSHA is investigating the death of a 56-year-old construction worker at the Wynn Boston Harbor casino in Everett who was killed after sustaining injuries at the site.

According to the Boston Herald, 56=year-old Joe Teixeira, a four-year employee of J. Derenzo Co., was operating an excavator when a piece of heavy construction material fell on the vehicle’s cab. Teixeira was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he died.

Last month, a worker was injured when a scissor lift tipped over, and in January a worker fell down an elevator shaft. Late last year, a worker was hit by an excavator bucket. Another case was closed after OSHA investigators found no violations.

The $2.4-billion Everett casino project is the largest private construction development in state history, officials have said, with approximately 1,500 workers on-site every day. Workers have logged more than 2.3 million hours so far.

Construction is continuing at the site, and Wynn spokesman, Greg John said, there will not be any delay in the opening date, scheduled for June 24, 2019.

Last year, 21 construction workers were killed on the job in Massachusetts, according to MassCOSH, an occupational safety advocacy group.

The project is embroiled in controversy following media reports earlier this year about alleged sexual misconduct by since-deposed Wynn Resorts mogul Steve Wynn. The state Gaming Commission is re-investigating Wynn in light of the allegations, as well hefty settlements that were undisclosed in the original background check.