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Roofer Dies After Falling Off OU Building

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Flintco says the preliminary investigation suggests the victim had not properly secured himself to the building, which would have prevented his fall. Flintco says the preliminary investigation suggests the victim had not properly secured himself to the building, which would have prevented his fall.
NORMAN, Oklahoma -

A construction worker who was helping install the roof of a new OU residence hall plunged to his death Monday morning.

It happened just after 9 a.m. on the fourth floor of the new Sooner Center Housing Project.

Tulsa-based construction manager Flintco says the victim was an employee of Universal Roofing and Sheet Metal. There were several witnesses.

The man was medi-flighted to a local hospital where he later died.

Flintco says the preliminary investigation suggests the victim had not properly secured himself to the building, which would have prevented his fall.

This accident comes just 15 days after OU senior Casey Cooke died after falling off another campus building.

6/4/2012 Related Story: OU Student Dies On Campus Following Fall From Evans Hall Roof

The worker's name has not yet been released.

Dana Birkes, Vice President at Flintco, sent News 9 the following statement,

"Flintco is the Construction Manager for the Sooner Center Housing project. We are still in the midst of the investigation that will provide the details of what occurred. We are working with OSHA and conducting our own investigation. What we do know is that at approximately 9:15 a.m. this morning at the Sooner Center Housing project, an employee of Universal Roofing & Sheet Metal was roofing four stories up and fell. People working on site witnessed the event, immediately administered first aid and called 911. He was medi-flighted to an area hospital. Flintco's safety policy mandates workers at this height be harnessed and tied off. When we have the details of what exactly occurred we will let you know."

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