NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — An employee of Electric Boat died Tuesday morning from injuries suffered in a workplace accident at the company’s Quonset Point facility.
The incident took place around 8 a.m. in Bay 2, according to Quonset Point Vice President Sean Davies. The employee was treated by first responders on scene then taken to Kent County Hospital and later pronounced dead.
North Kingstown police said the man in his 50s had been welding a submarine hull at the time. He was using a mechanical lift to reach an area of the hull that’s under construction when his body became pinned between the lift and the hull.
The man’s name has not yet been released.
Davies said he worked at Electric Boat for about four years as an inspector in Department 935.
“We are extremely saddened by this loss and I know that you all share in this grief,” Davies said in a statement. “The Quonset team is a tight-knit group, and we will all feel the effects of this incident for quite some time. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of our colleague.”
Grief counselors will be on hand Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the fire marshal’s office (building 487), according to Davies. Employees in need of support can also reach out to the Employee Assistance Program at 866-743-6551 for free, confidential counseling.
The incident is now under investigation. According to a spokesperson for Electric Boat, all lift work at Quonset Point has been suspended until the investigation is complete.