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Accident kills 2 electrical workers in Bourne

Two electrical workers died Saturday after the boom on a crane supporting them fell to the ground in Bourne, according to Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael D. O’Keefe.

Joseph L. Boyd III of Fall River and John Loughran of Quincy, both 34, were employed by MassBay Electrical Corp., and died while working on high-tension wires, O’Keefe said.

MassBay Electrical had been contracted to do routine maintenance work on power lines for NStar, according to Rhiannon D’Angelo, an NStar spokeswoman.

MassBay Electrical did not respond to a request for comment left through its 24-hour emergency line.

The accident occurred at the site of Cape Cod Aggregates, a sand, gravel, and stone company headquartered at 665 Scenic Highway, O’Keefe said.


O’Keefe said that State Police had investigated and concluded there was no criminal activity and that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate.

“Our role in an incident like this is to determine whether there is any criminal [activity] or suspicion of that, and there is not. This is an accident,’’ O’Keefe said by phone.

Ted Fitzgerald, an OSHA spokesman, said in an e-mail that the agency would “determine if there were violations of workplace safety standards in connection with this incident.”

At the scene, Loughran’s father, who shares the same name, told a WCVB reporter that his son “loved line work. He loved being a utility worker, and he was doing exactly what he wanted to be doing today. He couldn’t have been happier.”

People gathered at the Loughran family home in Marshfield Saturday night. A woman at the door told a reporter that no one wished to speak and that the family would issue a statement later.

The brother of Boyd, reached by phone in Fall River, declined to comment.

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