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2 Injured in AL Stadium Accident

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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Two construction workers at the University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium were hospitalized with serious injuries Saturday night (Jan. 25) after two structural precast concrete beams fell on a manlift that the two were operating, according to reports.

Work began on Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s 90-year-old stadium in November with the first phase of renovation slated to cost $92.5 million.

What Happened

According to al.com, Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue responded to the call at around 5 p.m. Saturday.

Fire spokesperson Holly Whigham said that the accident involved two beams falling and striking a manlift that was in operation at the time by two men, trapping them both.

The pair had to be extricated by firefighters and were reportedly taken to DCH Regional Medical Center.

Early reports from ABC 33/40 say that the beams were not properly supported during installation.

Dean Gwin, the President and COO of precast manufacturer Gate Construction Materials Group/Gate Precast, was reportedly onsite after the incident occurred.

"We are looking into the cause of the accident and our thoughts and prayers are with the two men injured and their families," according to a statement Gwin provided to ABC.

Caddell Construction is the general contractor for the project and was awarded its $84.6 million contract in September.

Work on the stadium is set to include:

  • larger video scoreboards at the stadium's corners;
  • a student concourse;
  • an expansion of premium seating, lounge and club space; 
  • press box relocation to the east side of the stadium;
  • locker room upgrades;
  • a recruiting lounge;
  • renovations to the tunnel that the team uses to enter the field;
  • additional elevators; and
  • construction of a new tunnel that will extend the Walk of Champions into the game day locker room.

The work is all part of a 10-year, $600 million program that will see upgrades to other athletic facilities at the university.

Reports indicate that work at the site has been shut down and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident.

   

Tagged categories: Accidents; Good Technical Practice; Health and safety; NA; North America; Safety; Stadiums/Sports Facilities

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