- Associated Press - Sunday, October 23, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Families in Rhode Island and Massachusetts are mourning the loss of two construction workers killed when a water main burst, flooding a deep trench in Boston.

Members of Robert Higgins’ family told the Boston Globe (https://bit.ly/2erGbRC) the 47-year old Warren, Rhode Island native had recently taken the job with Atlantic Drain and was excited about improvements in his life.

Relatives of Kelvin Mattocks said the 53-year-old Brockton resident worked three jobs to support his large, extended family.

Higgins and Mattocks were unable to escape as the roughly 15 feet deep trench filled with water Friday afternoon.

Officials investigating the incident say the deaths appear to be accidental.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration records show Atlantic Drain Services faces thousands of dollars in unpaid fines for previous violations and been cited for conditions potentially leading to cave-ins.


Information from: The Boston Globe, https://www.bostonglobe.com

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