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Construction worker killed in fall at University of Chicago hospital

One construction worker was killed and another was critically injured after falling from scaffolding near the University of Chicago hospital.

The laborers fell at the University of Chicago Cancer Pavilion Project construction site around 12:15 p.m. during high winds, the Chicago Fire Department said in a statement.

The men fell roughly nine stories, officials said.

One, a 27-year-old man, was transported to nearby UChicago Medicine, where he was pronounced dead.

He was later identified as David O’Donnell of nearby suburb Oak Forest.

The worker who survived was also rushed inside the hospital and was listed in critical condition.

The laborers were doing iron work for a cancer research center, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident.

UChicago Medicine is located on the school’s Hyde Park campus on the south side of the city.

New Horizon Steel, which employed the workers, said in a statement it halted all work at the site with no announced date for when construction would resume.

OSHA said neither New Horizon Steel nor Turner Construction, which was also working at the site, had a history of violations in Illinois.


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