Man who died in Twin Spans accident identified

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October 31, 2008

Chad Bower

The St. Tammany Coroner’s office has identified the man who died yesterday after a construction accident on the new Twin Spans bridge.

Nine of the 10 were rescued in the Twin Spans accident on Oct. 30 . The other man, Eric Blackmon, died.

They said the man was 44-year-old Eric Blackmon from Cape Coral, Fla.

“We are sincerely and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of a member of the Boh Bros. organization yesterday in the accident on the Twin Span Bridge project,” said Boh Bros. spokeswoman Ann Parks.

All construction work on the new Twin Span bridge remains shut down Friday afternoon. Investigators are still looking into what caused a concrete beam to collapse, sending 10 workers into Lake Pontchartrain.

The nine other workers were rescued in the accident.

“As we begin our investigation into the cause of this accident, our deepest concerns are with Mr. Blackmon’s family and friends. The Boh Bros. family of employees mourns his loss,” said Parks.

“We are working closely with various regulatory agencies to understand how the accident happened. Our initial assessment of the site indicates that proper safety procedures were followed. Boh Bros. will not resume work on this activity of the project until we are confident that this situation will not happen again.”

Officials said Blackmon was living in Slidell while working for Boh Brothers.

There has been no word on how long construction will be delayed.


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