Construction worker dies after fall in Auburn

Posted June 03, 2011, at 5:20 p.m.
Last modified June 03, 2011, at 8:18 p.m.
Emergency personnel stand at the scene of an apparent worker fatality at the old Webster School in Auburn.
Chris Williams | Sun Journal photo
Emergency personnel stand at the scene of an apparent worker fatality at the old Webster School in Auburn.

AUBURN, Maine — A construction worker was killed Friday when he apparently fell from scaffolding into a hole while working on the masonry at the former Webster School on Hampshire Street, Deputy Chief Jason Moen of the Auburn police said.

Moen said the worker fell an estimated 10 feet at about 2 p.m., hitting his head at some point in the fall.

According to witnesses, he was jackhammering on the masonry on the side of the building to remove bricks when he fell off the scaffolding.

The worker’s body was still in the hole as emergency crews waited for federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators to arrive. His name was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The worker was employed by Hascall & Hall of Portland, police said. The former school is being converted into residential housing by the Auburn Housing Authority.

OSHA officials are assisting Auburn police in the investigation.

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