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May 18, 2015 5:13 PM

Construction worker injured in Portsmouth after excavator falls through asphalt


PORTSMOUTH - A construction worker was injured when the excavator he was operating fell through collapsed asphalt and into an old, extended basement below.

The excavator was being used to demolish the Olde Port Traders building on Islington Street to make way for a new condominium project.

Sean Collins, who lives in an apartment building across the street, said he was drinking a cup of coffee and watching the construction for about 5 minutes prior when he saw the excavator fall through the pavement.

“It just happened right away,” Collins said. “It didn’t go sideways. It just all went down to the ground.”

Collins said it shook the entire area – and it could be heard from across the street.

“The whole construction vehicle fell into the ground - all at once - in a big square in the ground,” he said. “Looked like a foundation over there. Probably about a 10-foot drop.”

Collins said the construction worker got out of the excavator and laid on the ground next to the machine until emergency rescue crews arrived.

“He seemed like he was okay, but I think maybe some minor back issues,” he said.

The construction worker was taken to an area hospital.

Work was stopped and city inspectors were called to the scene to review the incident.

A construction manager at the site, who denied access to NH1 News cameras, would not comment further on the accident.

A logo reading “MB” was seen at the top of the excavator.


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