Federal officials have opened investigations into two recent accidents that occurred at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium in Arlington. One of the accidents resulted in the death of a worker. A crane was being used at the time a worker was electrocuted. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has six months to complete its investigations. However, reports on the fatality and the crane incident, where three people were hospitalized, could be completed sooner.
There have been 175 incidents since work began on the $1.1 billion stadium project in April 2006. Keith Cooper, construction manager with general contractor Manhattan Construction, says the company initiated new safety procedures in May after a sharp increase in these incidents. OSHA investigated two previous major accidents at the site. In January 2007, a worker fell through a hole, and the contractor, Capform, was fined $10,000. Later that year, a man was hit in the back with a crane hook. OSHA found no violations, but issued a warning letter to Capform.
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