Worker at Boston-area casino construction site dies

Massachusetts
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A worker helping build the Boston area’s new casino has died.

A spokesman for Wynn Boston Harbor said in a statement Wednesday that 56-year-old Joe Teixeira of Seekonk died operating an excavator on site Tuesday afternoon.

The Middlesex District Attorney’s office says Teixeira was taking apart a trench box while operating the machine on the south end of the construction site. He regained consciousness at the scene before being transported to Massachusetts General Hospital where he died.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Massachusetts State Police and District Attorney’s office are investigating, and do not suspect foul play. Wynn is also investigating the death.

A Wynn spokesman released a statement about the incident:

“It is with tremendous sadness that we learn of the loss of long-time J. Derenzo Co. employee and friend, Joe Teixeira resulting from injuries sustained at the Wynn Boston jobsite. Our deepest-felt thoughts and prayers are with Joe’s family, friends and co-workers, as well as everyone impacted by this incident. We offer our condolences and support in the aftermath of this tragic event.”

The $2.4-billion waterfront casino in Everett just north of Boston is scheduled to open in the summer of 2019. Wynn Resorts has said it is considering renaming the resort as founder Steve Wynn faces allegations of sexual misconduct.

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