Construction worker killed at Fort Meade work site

Victim working on BRAC building

December 22, 2010|By Jessica Anderson and Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun

A construction worker was killed while working at Fort Meade on Monday, a spokesman said.

The man, who has not been identified, was helping to complete the Defense Media Activity building, part of Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC, construction when he died in a work-related accident, said Fort Meade spokesman Chad Jones.

Jones said he was unaware of how the death occurred, but said the man was taken to Laurel Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

He was employed by Hensel Phelps Construction Co. based in Chantilly, Va., which did not immediately return a call seeking comment Tuesday night.

Jones said the accident is under investigation.

Rod Easter, president of the Baltimore Building and Construction Trades Council, an umbrella group of 15 construction unions, didn't know the man's name but said he was a 30-year-old iron worker and married with two children.

"That's not good," Easter said. "My 30 years that I've been in this business, I've never seen anyone get killed, but I've seen people get hurt. It's a dangerous business."

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