Two construction accidents that occurred on the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge are being investigated by the New York State Bridge Authority and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Both accidents involved the painting job that is underway on the bridge. On June 6, a painter was injured when he fell inside the plastic bubble that prevents paint chips and other debris from falling into the river during the construction work.
The New York State Bridge Authority suspended work on the bridge after the second accident. Previously, on May 21, two painters fell when their scaffolding collapsed. They were rescued, hanging from their safety harnesses after the scaffolding failed. The second incident prompted the Bridge Authority to suspend the project while it conducts its investigation of the construction accident.