Construction Workers Falls at UND Construction Site
A construction worker was injured Monday while working at University of North Dakota’s campus.
Details about the Construction Accident
According to the Grand Fork Herald, the construction worker, Gary Volk, sustained non-life-threatening injuries when he fell a distance of about 30 feet while working at University of North Dakota’s campus.
University Police Department Sergeant Danny Weigel said that Gary Volk was taken to the Altru Hospital via ambulance after falling down the shaft of a stairwell structure.
55-year-old Gary Volk was conscious and breathing during the ambulance ride to the hospital. According to Weigel, Volk works for a drywall contractor called Custom Drywall, Inc. and if originally from Sandstone Minnesota.
According to the Grand Forks Herald, no foul play is suspected in this case, but it is the second injury due to a fall at a construction site in Grand Forks in a month.
Important Information about On-the-Job Accidents
According to the Center for Construction Research and Training:
- Falling is the leading cause of on-the-job construction accidents.
- In 2010, over 250 construction workers died from falling while working at a construction site.
The Safety Director for the contractor on the project said the fall that occurred at the University of North Dakota was an accident and that the protocol following an accident such as this was to follow up with the victim and the owner of the company that was contracted.