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WI Contractor Killed in Fall

Friday, January 17, 2014

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Federal authorities are investigating the death of a construction worker who fell at least 20 feet from a hotel job site in Madison, WI.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident, which occurred about 2 p.m. Monday (Jan. 13) at the Edgewater Hotel redevelopment project.

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Robert Lund, 40, fell to his death Monday (Jan.13) while working on the The Edgewater Hotel project in Madison, WI. The $93 million project involves a redevelopment of the waterfront area.

The man, identified as 40-year-old Robert Lund of Cambridge, WI, was employed by J.H. Findorff & Son Inc. construction company, a contractor that specializes in commercial construction projects, including healthcare, higher education and recreation.

The company, based in Madison, did not respond to a D+D News request for comment.

However, a company spokesman offered condolences to Lund’s family via a local NBC television affiliate.

Fatal Accident

Emergency crews responded to a call about a fall of at least 20 feet on the Lake Mendota construction site. However, Lund died at the scene before being transported to a local hospital, officials said.

No information was available on the worker’s fall protection system or on what he was doing at the time.

An autopsy confirmed that Lund died as a result of injuries sustained in the fall.

Madison Police are also investigating the incident, reports say.

Edgewater Hotel Project

The Edgewater Hotel project involves a redevelopment of the waterfront area, including a large public plaza and a mixed-use design featuring nearly 200 hotel rooms, suites, condominiums, a spa and restaurants, according to the contractor's website.

Findorff projects

J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.'s portfolio includes a variety of commercial construction projects, including healthcare, higher education and recreation.

The $93 million project redevelops the site's original 1940s building, according to reports. It is slated for completion in 2014.

The architect is Boston, MA-based Elkus Manfredi Architects.

OSHA Record

OSHA records show that Findorff was issued just one prior violation since 2000.

In March 2008, the company was fined $1,275, later reduced to $650, for an other-than-serious general safety hazard.

Findorff currently employs 500 construction professionals and completes over $300 million in construction annually, according to the company.


Tagged categories: Accidents; Commercial Construction; Commercial contractors; Fall protection; Fatalities; Good Technical Practice; Health and safety; Hotels

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