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The Rhode Island Bridge and Turnpike Authority has resumed use of the type of "snooper" bucket truck that tipped over on the Sakonnet River Bridge last month.

The authority temporarily suspended the use of the bucket trucks during bridge inspections following the Aug. 29 accident, which left two employees dangling high above the Narragansett Bay. They were unharmed.

But authority officials say one of the trucks in question was utilized by employees for several days during last week's inspection of the Mount Hope Bridge.

The trucks feature a long boom used by inspectors to get to hard to reach places on the state's bridges.

Authority officials say they are comfortable that their machinery is operational after reviewing safety protocols and training staff last week.

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