St. Louis – A St. Louis man was killed while working on Eads Bridge on Thursday after a southbound towboat ran into the bridge.
According to the St. Louis Fire Department, the impact caused the 24-year-old man to fall from the scaffolding on which he was vacuuming, and land on the towboat.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
While investigators assessed the scene, the Eads Bridge was closed to traffic. MetroLink used a shuttle to transport riders between East St. Louis and Busch Stadium from Thursday afternoon until 5 p.m.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the case. OSHA said the man was employed by Thomas Industrial Coatings based in Peveley.
There have been at least 3 cases in which employees of Thomas Industrial Coatings had been killed on the job, and the company was cited.
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