Lawrence O'Leary, an ironworker who hailed from Connecticut, was critically injured nearly three weeks ago when he suffered a 40-foot fall to the ground. He was working construction at a parking garage at Boston's Logan Airport, where the accident occurred. The 54-year-old man died last week at Massachusetts General Hospital, said Jim Doheny, the business manager of Ironworkers Local Union 424 in New Haven.
The fall happened around the same time a 32-ton concrete slab that was being hoisted into place on the third floor of the garage fell from a crane at the construction site, Mass. State Police stated. O'Leary had been working to secure the concrete panel to the existing structure, and he also fell, investigators said.
He suffered "serious, multiple injuries from head to toe," Doheny said. Relatives traveled from Connecticut to Boston and back for two weeks, but O'Leary never recovered, he said. O'Leary leaves a wife and a 10-year-old daughter, according to Doheny.
O'Leary had been an ironworker for over 30 years, Doheny said. His father and brother also work in the industry.
"It's very emotional," Doheny stated. "He was a really good ironworker and he was a really good guy."
"He was a hard-working, fantastic ironworker," he said. "He wouldn't give up on anything. It's amazing what he went through the last couple of weeks."
O'Leary is the second ironworker to die from work-related injuries at a Massachusetts construction site within the last seven weeks, said President of the Iron Workers District Council of New England, Jay Hurley.
Ronald "Moose" Morse II, a member of Ironworkers Local Union 7 in Boston, died June 11 after a temporary elevator fitted to the outside of a Somerville construction site fell to the ground.
These deaths are the first fatalities of ironworkers in the Northeast in seven years, Hurley stated.
"When you get two in a six-week period after having none in seven years, it really, really hurts," Hurley said. "We have to redouble our efforts."
"It's a very dangerous trade," he said. "There are just so many variables you can't control."
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating to determine if any violations of workplace safety standards contributed to the accident.
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