By Kristi Ronyak

Construction Angels took immediate action upon learning of the nighttime construction accident on the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore. This tragedy has sent shockwaves through the community, leaving six construction workers dead. Our heartfelt condolences are extended to the families of the workers who perished in this incident. The devastation that unfolded on March 26th, 2024, underscores the inherent risks encountered by industry workers and emphasizes the critical need for stringent safety measures. In response, Construction Angels provided $65,000 from our reserve funds to the bridge workers’ families within the first week.

We were contacted by several Associations including the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Baltimore, ABC of America, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) of Baltimore, Maryland Asphalt Association (MMA), Maryland Transportation Builders & Materials Association (MTBMA) who wanted to donate and start an appeal for additional donations. The ongoing national fundraiser, found on our website, will continue to raise funds through May 31st. Because of these organizations and overwhelming support from our industry, we will be able to provide these families with additional funds.

The moment our charity receives an ‘Assistance Request Form’ for any fallen worker, our charity can begin assisting that family during their time of need. Time is of the essence so we can be an immediate conduit for the family financially and emotionally. As we continue our mission to provide essential support to families of workers who have lost their lives, your donations are a direct impact for grieving families.

In the aftermath of the bridge collapse, there will undoubtedly be reforms to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. It is imperative that these calls are needed and that corrective steps are taken to improve safety standards and oversight for our industry. Their loss serves as a stark reminder of the human toll of workplace accidents and the need for comprehensive safety protocols to protect those on the front lines of construction projects.

As we grieve for the six workers tragically lost in this bridge incident, let us also pay homage to the six lives lost on the I-695 project. This solemn reflection calls for renewed dedication to enhancing safety standards for all construction workers. Occurring just one year after the I-695 accident, which claimed the lives of six road workers on March 22, 2023, we are reminded that despite our best efforts, not all accidents are preventable.
Furthermore, this incident underscores the importance of investing in infrastructure maintenance and upgrades. Aging infrastructure poses significant risks, not only to construction workers but also to the general public who rely on these structures for transportation and commerce. By prioritizing infrastructure investment and maintenance, we can help prevent future tragedies. Only through collective action and unwavering dedication to safety can we hope to prevent such senseless tragedies from happening again.

Construction Angels, Inc. is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization that provides immediate financial assistance and grief counseling to the children and spouses left behind when a construction worker is involved in a work-related fatality. We offer construction scholarship opportunities to qualified applicants, and additional scholarships to surviving children of a fallen worker. We greatly appreciate your support and generous donations. If you hear about a construction fatality, please email us at Contact@ConstructionAngels.us.

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