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Update: Worker killed in construction accident at Mott Hospital
Updated On: Aug 10, 2009

Updated: Police release name of worker killed at Mott Hospital construction site

by Art Aisner | The Ann Arbor News
Monday June 22, 2009, 1:51 PM

The exterior of the new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital under construction on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor. A worker was killed this morning when when construction materials fell on him.

Authorities have identified the man killed in a construction accident this morning at the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital site in Ann Arbor as Gary Winisky Jr., 48.

Winisky, of Garden City, died at the emergency room of the University of Michigan Medical Center shortly after a heavy load of roofing materials fell from a crane and struck him, U-M police spokeswoman Diane Brown said.

Construction at the site has ceased for the remainder of the day while police and U-M building officials investigate.

"We are shocked and saddened by this terrible loss," U-M Health System CEO Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, said in a written statement.

This was the third fatal construction accident on the U-M campus in the past 16 months.

In late February 2008, a masonry worker fell 38 feet from scaffolding and was killed at the site of the expansion of the U-M Museum of Art. Investigators for the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration later fined the masonry company $62,000 and cited it for four violations of state safety statutes, saying it knowingly disregarded proper safety procedures.

In August, a 31-year-old Jackson man fell five stories down an elevator shaft at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business addition.

A fourth man was injured but survived a fall at the ongoing construction at Michigan Stadium.

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