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Alstead man dies in Acworth work accident


ACWORTH — An Alstead man was killed in a construction-related accident on Bascom Hill Road in Acworth Tuesday afternoon.

Christopher Hewey, 37, was part of a crew working for a private construction company, state police Trooper Brandon Dean said Wednesday.

Dean said he could not release information about the company or the project, but said, “They were doing a construction project when the accident happened. … There was a collapse,” he said.

State police were the first on scene, he said, and are working with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on the investigation into the cause of the accident.

Dean said he arrived on the scene shortly after 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday. When he arrived, he found emergency responders were working to revive Hewey.

They continued for a significant amount of time, more than 30 minutes, he said, before Hewey was declared deceased at the scene.

Emergency responders from Acworth and Lempster also responded to the scene, as did the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Team helicopter, which stood by to transport Hewey, but was ultimately sent back.

Ted Fitzgerald, regional director for public affairs of the U.S. Department of Labor in Boston, said Tuesday afternoon he was only aware there had been a fatality at a work site in Acworth involving a trench collapse and that OSHA officials in Concord had been called in to investigate. Fitzgerald said Wednesday morning he had little more to release.

“The state police notified OSHA of a fatal trench collapse yesterday at Bascom Hill Rd. in Acworth,” Fitzgerald said in an email Wednesday. “OSHA opened an inspection yesterday and it is ongoing. It seeks to determine if any workplace safety standards were violated.”

On Wednesday afternoon, Fitzgerald was able to say, “OSHA’s information is that the employer of the deceased worker is JP Trucking & Excavating out of Bellows Falls, Vt.”