Construction worker identified in fatal accident after a Boston parking garage collapses

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Mon, March 28, 2022, 7:07 AM·2 min read
An investigation is underway after part of the Government Center Parking Garage on Congress St. collapsed Saturday evening, killing a construction worker.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority announced Monday morning that train service is suspended until further notice in the area near collapse. The MBTA said Green Line service will be replaced by shuttle buses between Government Center and North Station. Orange Line service is also suspended between North Station and Back Bay.

“Service will not resume until a team of structural engineers, examining and assessing infrastructure above and below the surface, confirms that service can safely resume,” the MBTA posted on its website early Monday morning. “We will provide updates as inspections continue.”

Boston Police identified the construction worker who died as, Peter Monsini, 51 of South Easton.

Captain Kelley McCormick said crews were doing planned demolition work when part of the garage collapsed around 5:40 p.m.

Investigators spoke to witnesses who said Monsini was on the top floor of the garage in a Bobcat-style machine when the floor buckled, sending him falling nine stories over the edge.

“We heard a loud crash and we saw a piece of equipment, a digger, falling, and we knew it was something serious,” said Kathryn Curran, who was in the area and saw the tragedy unfold. “Then we could hear sirens very quickly after that.”

“It remains very much active, and the city will work to do whatever it takes so that we understand what happened here,” said Boston Mayor Michelle Wu. “I am just devastated by this tragedy and really thinking of all who have been impacted.”

The construction firm John Moriarty & Associates is assisting with the investigation and released a statement.

“Our heartfelt thoughts and condolences go out to the loved ones of the worker who lost his life,” John Moriarty & Associates said in a statement. “JMA remains committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our employees and trade partners. We would like to thank the Boston Police Department and EMS for their swift response.”

Monsini was working at the site as an employee of JDC Demolition Company. JDC released the following statement:

“There are no words that appropriately describe the loss of Peter Monsini, our JDC Demolition teammate. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with Peter and his family.”

Monsini’s family described him as a hardworking, single father who leaves behind an 18-year-old son.

Understandably, loved ones are still processing the devastating loss and are asking for privacy as they grieve.

As of Monday morning, all roads around the garage were reopened.

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