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Probe into KSU Stadium Worker's Fatal Fall Under Way

Paul Steinbach

Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials arrived at Kansas State University in Manhattan on Tuesday, one day after a 26-year-old masonry worker fell to his death from scaffolding at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

As part of an ongoing stadium renovation project, Zachery John Wilson was working on new restroom facilities when a wooden plank on the scaffolding shifted, creating a hole through which Wilson fell 100 feet to the ground. He died on the scene, according to WIBW, the CBS affiliate in Topeka. Wilson was employed by Five Star Masonry, a subcontractor of Konrath Construction Managers, the firm in charge of the restroom project.

As of Tuesday, no official determination had been made as to whether Wilson was wearing a safety harness Monday, though family members in Council Grove told WIBW that he was not. Crews continued their stadium renovation work this week, though the platform from which Wilson fell remained cordoned off for OSHA inspection. An administration spokesperson told WIBW that it "will do all we can to determine what caused the incident."

The university will assist in the OSHA investigation, which officials say could take up to six months.

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