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Construction worker dies in accident Friday on Kansas City International Airport runway

Kansas City International Airport
Posted at 12:02 PM, Oct 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-26 19:00:29-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A construction worker died in an accident during runway paving work at Kansas City International Airport in Kansas City, Missouri on Friday.

The worker was employed by Kansas City, Missouri-based construction company, Clarkson Construction.

The incident took place on runway 9/29, which is an east-west runway. The runway project is not related to the new terminal construction project. The runway will serve the existing terminal and, eventually, the new terminal.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened an investigation into the incident on Saturday with Clarkson Construction.

"By law, OSHA has six months to complete its investigation and issue citations, propose monetary penalties if they find violations of safety regulations," OSHA said.

Preliminary information from OSHA states that the worker suffered fatal injuries when struck by a machine during paving operations.

Clarkson Construction reported the worker's injuries immediately to OSHA as required.

The construction company released a statement about the incident Monday:

"With heavy hearts, we are saddened to share the news that we lost a beloved member of the Clarkson team on Friday. Our deepest sympathies and focus remain with our colleague’s family, and ensuring they have the support they need following this tragic event."

Clarkson Construction employees and their families may use grief counseling and other support services through the company's employee assistance program.

No other details surrounding the fatal accident were immediately available.

KSHB 41 News will provide updates if additional information is received.