The worker was struck in the head by a piece of concrete that came loose from a support beam while the man was standing aboard a construction barge moored beneath the bridge, according to Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk.
The victim, who was employed by the project contractor, Britton Bridge LLC, was wearing a safety helmet at the time, DeBusk said. His name has not been released, pending notification of family.
Emergency responders were called at 2:39 p.m. to the barge just off the Neyland Greenway along the north bank of Fort Loudoun Lake.
Construction workers were removing vertical, concrete spandrels attached to one of the bridge’s arches at the time of the accident. A large piece of concrete still hung from the cables of a crane aboard the barge as Knoxville Police Department investigators and personnel with the medical examiner’s office arrived by boat Tuesday afternoon.
Four other workers who were on the barge at the time of the incident were taken to KPD headquarters to be interviewed.
“The investigation is still ongoing, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased,” said Mark Nagi, Tennessee Department of Transportation regional spokesman.
An investigator with the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration also was en route Tuesday, Nagi said.
Category: Accident Report