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UPDATE: Worker Hurt at PARTA Construction Site Downtown

OSHA inspecting scene, work continues at transit center site

Editor's note: Kent Patch has learned the worker has died. Read the updated story here:

A construction worker was seriously injured Tuesday morning at the construction site in downtown Kent.

Capt. John Tosko said a male construction worker was walking between slabs of concrete and a trackhoe on the site when he was injured.

"The trackhoe moved and pinned him for a few seconds," he said.

Tosko said the accident happened at 10:45 a.m. Firefighters stabilized the victim and transported him to Akron City Hospital.

The man's name and condition is unavailable.

Frank Hairston, PARTA's director of marketing and public service, said the transit agency does not know the man's condition but said the thoughts and prayers of PARTA employees are with the victim and his family.

"We at PARTA are deeply concerned about the accident that occurred today at the Kent Central Gateway work site," Hairston said. "PARTA is committed to safety and will participate in a comprehensive investigation and cooperate fully with authorities to determine possible causes and prevent future accidents."

PARTA, the Portage Area Regional Transit Agency, is building that will include bus transfer bays, close to 400 public parking spaces, retail and commercial space and bicycle storage at 201 E. Erie St. Officials broke ground on the project in April 2011 thanks largely to a $20 million federal transportation grant, and the facility is expected to open in 2013.

The agency also operates busing at and has bus routes linking Portage County to Akron and Cleveland.

Work continued on the project Tuesday afternoon while workers moved dirt off the site. An official with the Cleveland office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration division of the U.S. Department of Labor arrived at the site to conduct an inspection just before 1 p.m. Tuesday

Tosko said, prior to this morning's construction accident, the department hasn't had to respond to any calls involving injured workers at the downtown redevelopment projects.

"As far as downtown, I believe this is the first one," Tosko said.

Kent Patch will update this story as information becomes available.

Jim Ansley March 28, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Unfortunately, we learned that this man died from his injuries late today at Akron City Hospital during surgery.
Matt Fredmonsky March 28, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Jim, sadly you are correct. You can read the updated story here: http://kent.patch.com/articles/worker-dies-after-accident-at-parta-construction-site
Delbert D. Flowers March 28, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Matthew, I'm just going to post a comment rather than write you a letter. When the time is right, I would like the people a PARTA, to offially name the transit center after the man that died on the site, I think that would be cool. It probably won't happen, but it's just another one of my good ideas.
Matt Fredmonsky March 29, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Consider yourself heard, Del. Thanks for the suggestion. I'm sure the PARTA officials will see it on here.

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