A state DOT worker was killed Oct. 20 as he was inspecting the Glen Bridge, which carries state Rte. 28 over the Hudson River. John 'Jack' Lattimore of Schroon Lake was at the controls of a boom basket which rose too high, causing Lattimore's head to strike a steel support beam.
A state Department of Transportation worker died Oct. 20 due to injuries he sustained while inspecting the Glen Bridge in northwest Warrensburg, and an investigation into his death is continuing.
Shortly after the incident, John “Jack” Lattimore, 62, of Schroon Lake, was pronounced dead at the scene due to head trauma.
Authorities said Lattimore and another employee were working at about 10 a.m. inside a boom-truck basket when his head struck a steel support underneath the bridge. The DOT employee working alongside Lattimore was not injured in the incident.
A third DOT employee in the truck’s cab authorities said, over-rode the basket’s controls when the operator became incapacitated and safely maneuvered the boom-arm basket back up onto the highway, state
Rte. 28. The employees were inspecting the underside of the bridge to determine where repairs were needed.
Warren County Sheriff’s Department patrol officers responded to the scene.
Authorities said the boom basket rose too high, causing the impact. The second DOT worker in the basket ducked out of the way, county Undersheriff Robert Swan said.
Authorities said both employees were using standard safety equipment including harnesses and hardhats.
The cause of the incident remains under investigation. DOT engineers and Public Employee Safety and Health Investigators have been examining the truck and the equipment to determine the factors involved in the accident.
An autopsy conducted Oct.21 at Albany Medical Center confirmed that death was due to “blunt force trauma,” authorities said.
Police took possession of the boom in order to analyze it for mechanical problems, Swan said.