Metal debris, possibly a railing, fell from the roof of Commercial Wharf, hit a woman in the head and sent her to hospital with life-threatening injuries. The incident happened around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday morning with the woman in her thirties walking her dog that morning.
Workers had loaded pallets of material using a crane at the front of the granite condominium building on Atlantic Avenue on the North End waterfront. A neighbor believes the crane was moving a pallet of material on the roof when a temporary railing was hit and fell to street level. We are currently investigating how the material and / or the railing fell.
My heart goes out to the woman who was involved in the terrible event this morning in the North End, and I pray she will be fine. A full investigation is ongoing by city and federal agencies to get to the bottom of what has happened.
– Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) July 25, 2019
The Commercial Wharf East Condominium Association issued a statement following the incident, in which it said the association was deeply saddened by the accident that occurred this morning, which seriously injured a pedestrian. The association is working fully with the authorities to investigate this tragic event. Our thoughts and prayers go with the injured person and their family during this difficult time. “
Police taped the entire area, including a piece of metal railing near the bike path that appeared to have broken off the roof of the five-story building. Witnesses at the scene said the woman’s condition was very serious when she was rushed to the hospital.
Boston inspection services commissioner Dion Irish says the roofing company, which is at the center of the near-fatal accident this morning, is cooperating with the investigation. The department reviews permits and work practices. pic.twitter.com/gGRCmkMEUU
– Kendall Buhl (@KBuhlWBZ), July 25, 2019