TIVERTON, R.I. — Federal workplace safety officials are investigating two private contractors involved in the tipping over of a bucket truck on a Rhode Island bridge.

WPRI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2byJIxW) the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Providence office is inspecting Los Angeles-based AECOM and N.E. Contractors of Norton, Massachusetts, also known as Bridgeriggers.

Two workers were in the truck’s bucket inspecting the underside of the Sakonnet River Bridge in Tiverton on Monday when the truck tipped over, stranding the workers in the bucket. They were unharmed.

The workers were employed by ACEOM. Calls to AECOM’s Providence office were not returned.

The vehicle was rented from Bridgeriggers. The owner of N.E. Contractors hasn’t returned a message.

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority said Tuesday it is temporarily suspending the use of all bucket trucks, also called snoopers.


This story has been corrected to say that the truck is called a snooper, not a snoop.

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