Worker dies at City of Jacksonville construction site

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – A construction worker at a city-owned construction site has died.

Jacksonville said the employee of a subcontractor fell off scaffolding at the Jack Amyette Recreation Center at 1825 South Drive.

The accident happened shortly before 2:00 p.m.

The North Carolina Department of Labor says Occupational Safety and Health Division assigned two compliance officers to visit the site.

The rec center was destroyed by Hurricane Florence in 2018 and has been undergoing a major reconstruction effort.

“We are deeply saddened to hear that one of the subcontractors working at the construction site for the Jack Amyette Recreation Center Expansion Project has died as a result of injuries sustained after a fall. Our prayers go out to his family and coworkers,” said Mayor Sammy Phillips in a statement.

The name of the worker has not yet been released.

In addition to Jacksonville police, the state Department of Labor will also investigate the death.

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