Oct. 30, 2017

Area construction worker killed in campus accident

A 56-year-old construction worker died Oct. 11 while working on the new Washkewicz College of Engineering building on the east side of the Cleveland State University campus.

The man, identified as Joseph Matulis of the Akron area, was a union pipe fitter working as a subcontractor for Gilbane Building Company and Coleman Spohn.

Matulis was working in the basement of the building when a falling piece of concrete struck him on the head. Medical examiners declared him dead on the scene.

Workers were removing the concrete slab several stories above street level because it was originally attached improperly. The slab slipped off a construction lift and fell onto Matulis.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Cleveland Police are both conducting investigations into the incident.

According to the OSHA website, 9.6 percent of construction work deaths are the result of someone being struck by an object.

Both Coleman Spohn and Gilbane Building Company have statements on their websites stressing the importance of safety on their worksites. Both companies have also received accolades for their commitments to safety.

The new engineering building is to open in Spring 2018. According to designs, the building will be a 100,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility.


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