Worker Killed When Wall at WSU Collapses

Worker Killed When Wall at WSU Collapses

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A construction worker has been killed after a wall at the Weber State University gym collapsed -- just three days after it closed for renovations.

The incident happened yesterday morning.

Dan Pratt, vice president of Hughes General Contractors Incorporation, said the man was helping to remove a masonry wall from a faculty locker room when it gave way.

Pratt said the man was alone at the time, but a co-worker nearby heard the noise from the seven-foot-high wall's collapse.

The man's name is not being released until family members can be notified.

University spokesman John Kowalewski said Hughes was awarded a contract to address several safety issues in the building.

The gym will undergo seismic retrofitting, a fire suppression system will be installed, as well as new electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation systems.

The project is expected to last 14 months and should be ready by the fall of 2006.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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