A worker was killed late Friday morning at the construction site of Baylor University’s new business school, the university confirmed.
The school released a statement, saying: “This is a terrible tragedy that saddens every member of the Baylor community. Our thoughts and prayers go immediately to the family and friends of the worker who lost his life in the accident. The name of the deceased is being withheld until the family has been notified. There were no other injuries.”
Asked about reports that the worker was killed when an elevator fell on him, Baylor spokeswoman Lori Fogleman said, “The situation is all under investigation right now. We will release more information as it becomes available.”
The construction site is part of the Paul L. Foster Campus of Baylor’s business school.
“Officials are on site, and Baylor representatives are actively supporting the efforts to investigate the circumstances of the accident,” the statement released by the university continued.
East Texas Medical Center EMS, who responded to the accident, referred all comment to Baylor.
Fogleman said the accident occurred at 11:45 a.m. Friday.
Later in the evening, Fogleman said authorities still were attempting to notify the man’s family.
She described his work status as that of a contract worker, but added she did not know exactly what type of duties he was performing as construction winds down on the four-story, 275,000-square-foot building scheduled to open in August.
Ground was broken in December 2013 on the $100 million facility named the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation.
Fogleman said a “variety of agencies” spent Friday afternoon at the accident site, including campus police.
Waco police Officer Steve Anderson said Waco PD did not respond to the on-campus incident.
Pedestrian bridge case
Last week, a Harris County judge dismissed Baylor from a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a construction worker who drowned last year while building the pedestrian bridge to Baylor’s new football stadium.
A hydraulic lift that Jose Dario Suarez and worker Terry Watson were strapped to rolled off a modular barge and into the Brazos River. The men were tethered to the lift, but only Watson was able to free himself.