Federal investigation into fatal Hastings construction accident

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Federal investigators have begun looking into the circumstances of a Hastings construction accident in which a man fell to his death.

The Adams County Sheriff identified the man as Rafael Ayala Orozco, of Grand Island. The accident happened around 4:00 p.m. Friday, January 26. It happened at a fertilizer plant construction site near the intersection of Highway 6 and Showboat Road. Orozco fell from a structure at the construction site. Officials said he fell from a height of about 80 feet.

Area director Jeff Funke of the Omaha office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration told KSNBLocal4 that an OSHA investigator has been reviewing the case since Monday.

Funke said Orozco was employed by M&M Industrial Construction LLC, of Hastings. An OSHA records check indicated that an investigation of Friday's incident was underway, but that the company had no previous OSHA violations. Funke said the company has complied with OSHA reporting requirements in this case.

Funke said it would likely be several weeks before OSHA made a determination of fault in the case.

Orozco's obituary indicates that he left behind a wife and two daughters. His funeral is Friday morning at St. Mary's Cathedral in Grand Island.

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