September 19, 2000
Contact: Colin Jones (510)286-5776
Jeff Weiss (510) 286-5543
No Injuries Reported to Three Workers in
Bay Bridge Construction Accident
At approximately noon today, three construction workers were riding a work platform from a barge in the bay, up to the lower deck of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge when a cable raising the platform broke. The workers, employed by California Engineering Contractors of Pleasanton, were about 10-15 feet above the water when the incident happened at pier #5, on the western span of the bridge near Yerba Buena Island. One of the workers fell into the water and the other two workers were able to lower themselves onto a barge from the platform cables. Other members of the construction crew quickly pulled the worker that fell into the water to safety onto the barge. The workers sustained no injuries from the incident.
Work has been suspended on this particular operation today pending further investigation by Cal/OSHA, Caltrans officials, and the contractor.
The contractor is working on a $170 million project to conduct seismic retrofit work on the west spans of the Bay Bridge. The bridge piers, decks and towers are being strengthened in this project, which is expected to be completed by Spring 2003.