BALLSTON, N.Y. – A Massachusetts man is dead after a 1,700 pound pipe fell and pinned him to the ground at a National Grid construction site in the town of Ballston on Saturday morning.
State Police say 24-year-old Gary Feeney, of Dorchester, Mass., an employee of National Grid subcontractor Feeney Brothers Corp., was killed after a pipe he was helping to unload fell on him.
The accident occurred at the National Grid construction site on the northwest corner of Route 67 and East Line Road in the Town of Ballston. When State police arrived, they found the man lying face down on the ground. Other workers at the site had removed a 12 inch by 40 foot pipe that was on top of the victim.
Community Ambulance, of Ballston Spa arrived and began to treat Feeney, who was transported to Saratoga Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:20 a.m.
An initial investigation at the scene indicates that the victim was assisting in unloading the 1,700 pound pipe from a flatbed tractor trailer and was holding a guide rope while the pipe was being lifted by an excavator with steel cables and hooks. The pipe is believed to have shifted causing slack in one of cables and dislodging one of the hooks. This caused the pipe to fall approximately 8 feet from the top of the load, pinning the victim to the ground.
The NYSP is assisting the National Grid Internal Audit Team, Public Service Commission and OSHA. A joint investigation is continuing.