Worker killed in Ponchartrain Bridge Project Collapse

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Construction of the $803 million Interstate
10 bridges that span Lake Pontchartrain in eastern New Orleans was
called off after a concrete beam fell early Thursday morning, dumping 10 men into the
water and killing one of them.

Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Gordon Nelson says that work would be stopped until his department receives a safety plan from Boh Brothers, the contractor for the project.

Boh Brothers on Friday said it is working with various regulatory agencies to determine what caused the accident.

The company says its initial assessment indicates that proper safety
procedures were followed.

The company also identified the man killed as 44-year-old Eric
T. Blackman, the foreman of the crew and an 11-year employee from
Selma, Alabama.


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