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Construction worker dies after accident on University of Kentucky campus

Construction worker killed in accident at UK construction site

A Lexington ambulance transported an injured construction worker from the University of Kentucky Student Center renovation and expansion site on Avenue of Champions at Lexington Avenue. The worker was reported injured about 11:30 a.m. Friday. UK s
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A Lexington ambulance transported an injured construction worker from the University of Kentucky Student Center renovation and expansion site on Avenue of Champions at Lexington Avenue. The worker was reported injured about 11:30 a.m. Friday. UK s

A construction worker died Friday after an accident at the site of the new University of Kentucky student center.

Michael Persichitti, 47, was employed by Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal of Lexington, according to the university. UK police chief Joe Monroe said that Kalkreuth was a subcontractor working for Messer Construction of Cincinnati.

Messer Construction released a statement Friday evening that said its “hearts and prayers are with the Persichitti family, employees of Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal, and all those impacted by today’s accidents at University of Kentucky’s Student Center construction site.”

Messer’s statement said it is “fully cooperating with all parties in the investigation”: “Safety is our top priority.”

Persichitti fell from the roof of the building and died of multiple blunt-force injuries, according to the Fayette County coroner.

Monroe said at an afternoon news conference that several people were on the roof unloading roofing materials at the time of the accident. Persichitti fell from a height of around 30 feet, Monroe said.

“All indications point that there were no harnesses involved,” Monroe said.

Monroe said that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration would be investigating the death. The site will not re-open until that investigation is finished.

Construction was suspended for the rest of the day Friday after the accident, which occurred just after 11 a.m., according to the university.

Monroe said Persichitti landed inside the construction site on the Avenue of Champions. He said that UK detectives were taking statements from those who were there.

A Facebook page belonging to a Michael Persichitti who was employed by Kalkreuth Roofing & Sheet Metal said that he lived in Versailles and was originally from Wheeling, W.Va.

Cheryl Truman: 859-231-3202, @CherylTruman

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