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NC State worker dies in Raleigh campus construction accident

The future Plant Sciences Initiative building at N.C. State.

The future Plant Sciences Initiative building at N.C. State.

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A construction worker died on N.C. State University’s campus after a lift collapsed in wet ground, the state Department of Labor reported Tuesday.

The lift carrying the worker on Saturday was extended about 35 feet in the air when the dirt caved in around one of its tires, said Natalie Bouchard, DOL spokeswoman.

DPR Construction identified the subcontractor as Tiburcio Mendoza.

Campus police were called to the scene but are not investigating the incident and do not have a report, university spokesman Mick Kulikowski said. He added he believed the worker died of injuries at WakeMed.

The accident happened at the site of N.C. State’s new Plant Sciences building, a 185,000-square-foot project.

Ro Norman of DPR Construction said the worker was a subcontractor and the team is “deeply saddened.”

“Our focus continues to be the safety of all employees, workers and visitors on our job sites,” Norman said in an email. “The investigation of this incident is ongoing, and DPR is fully committed to working closely with investigators to help determine the details surrounding this incident. At this time, our thoughts are with this individual’s family and friends.”

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Communications contractor dies after fall from tower in Manchester, police say

A contractor died Friday afternoon after he fell from a communications tower he was working on in Manchester.



a police car parked in a parking lot: Manchester police


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The 34-year-old man fell at about 2:30 p.m. Friday from the tower owned by Marcus Communications at 33 Mitchell Dr., police said.

The man was found unresponsive by medical personnel and was pronounced dead, police said. Police do not know how high he was on the tower when he fell.

The man was a contractor working on the tower but was not employed by Marcus Communications itself, the company confirmed Friday afternoon.

“We are sad to learn a tower climber fell from our communications tower this afternoon. He was not employed by Marcus Communications and was completing work on the tower. We are devastated and our deepest sympathies go out to the victim’s family.”

Manchester detectives and investigators from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration remained on scene into late Friday afternoon.

Zach Murdock can be reached at [email protected]

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Police: Contractor dies after falling from Manchester communications tower


MANCHESTER — A 34-year-old contractor died Friday after falling from a communications tower, police said.

Authorities were called to 33 Mitchell Drive around 2:30 p.m.

The address houses the headquarters of Marcus Communications.

The man, who was not identified, was working on the tower when he “fell from an unknown height,” police said in a tweet Friday.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident is being investigated as a fatal industrial accident, police said.


Manchester detectives and investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were on the scene Friday.

“We are sad to learn a tower climber fell from our communications tower at our headquarters in Manchester this afternoon,” Marcus Communications said in a prepared statement Friday. “He was not employed by Marcus Communications and was completing work on the tower. We are devastated, and our deepest sympathies go out to the victim’s family.”

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