Big Dig Drinking

Number 17585
Subject Alcohol
Source WFXT (Dedham, MA)
State MA
Year 2000
Publication Date November 5 and November 10
Summary "The Big Dig/Central Artery project is the largest construction project in the country. The federally funded project will cost taxpayers an estimated 14 billion dollars. More than four thousand workers are building bridges and tunnels that millions of commuters will travel on. We watched as Big Dig workers left job sites, walked into bars, and drank at lunch. Many of the construction workers didn't have anything to eat, and then went back to work and operated heavy equipment. We wondered about the quality of work being done if some of these people were 'working under the influence'. Some workers walked right past the Big Dig's main office to get to the bars. If we could see what was happening, why couldn't state officials? After our story aired, the Big Dig launched its own investigation and two workers were fired."
Category Contest Entry
Pages 17
Keywords drinking on the job;construction;Massachusetts Department of Public Safety;Massachusetts Department of Public Health;includes tape and transcript
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