Worker Killed at Everett Casino Site is Identified; Feds Investigating

A crane operating was killed Tuesday while working at the Everett resort casino site currently being constructed by Wynn Resorts. Details are scarce but federal investigators are on the scene trying to figure out just what happened.

According to published reports, the crane operator, identified as Joe Teixeira, an employee of J. Derenzo Co., one of the subcontractors on the Wynn site, was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. He was employed by a subcontractor working on the project under Boston-based lead contractor Suffolk Construction. Suffolk referred all inquiries to Wynn.

To say the project is a hot bed of activity is an understatement. On any given day, there are about 1,500 workers on the site.

“The Wynn Boston Harbor family regretfully learned this morning that a member of our construction team lost his life after sustaining injuries on our site yesterday,” Wynn spokesman Greg John said in a statement. “This is a very sad day for everyone at Wynn Boston Harbor. Our deepest condolences and heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to his family and coworkers.”

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office said in a statement this afternoon: “The preliminary investigation suggests that the victim, a 56-year-old male, was operating an excavator at the south end of the construction site taking apart a trench box when the incident occurred. The victim reportedly regained consciousness at the scene before being transported to  Massachusetts General Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.”

The resort casino project seems to make headlines on a daily basis. Yesterday, The Everett Stimulus. reported that Wynn Resorts plans to rebrand the development, “Encore Boston Harbor,” using a name already owned by the company as it tries to retain the casino license granted to it in 2014. The state gaming commission is currently investigating Wynn Resorts to determine whether it is still “suitable” given the charges of sexual harassment and rape against company founder Steve Wynn.