BRISTOL, R.I. (WPRI) - A construction worker has died from injuries he sustained falling off a scaffolding while working on the Mount Hope Bridge.
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Police confirmed that the man who fell approximately 70 feet from the Mount Hope Bridge was 45-year-old Connecticut man, David Dupee.
He passed away a few hours after he was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital, according to Paul Gladwin of TDA Construction, the construction company with which Dupee was employed. TDA was contracted through the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) to work on the bridge.
In a statement, the RITBA said the bridge has reopened, but, "out of an abundance of caution," work will be suspended on both the Newport Pell and Mount Hope Bridges.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said they are investigating and told Eyewitness News, "It will gather information to determine if there were any violations of workplace safety standards."
The bridge will stay open during the investigation.