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September 13, 2013

Construction worker who fell from OU building site dies

NORMAN — A construction worker who fell about 50 feet from a building under construction on the OU Research Campus on Monday has died, officials confirmed Thursday.

The man, identified as Samuel Rodriguez, 46, fell from a temporary scaffolding on the side of the Five Partners Place building near Lawrence Avenue and Stephenson Parkway.

“The University of Oklahoma is saddened that a construction accident occurred on campus, and our heartfelt sympathy goes out to family, friends and coworkers,” said Catherine Bishop, OU vice president of public affairs. “Norman EMSStat was called on Monday to a facility that Lippert Construction is building on our Research Campus. The investigation into the fatality accident is being conducted by state regulators and Lippert.”

Bishop referred inquiries to Lippert’s Oklahoma City office.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by John M. Ireland Funeral Home in Moore.

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