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UPDATE: Worker dies at Edgewater Hotel construction site

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Investigators are trying to determine how a worker was killed at a construction site in downtown Madison.

J.H. Findorff & Son confirms an employee died Monday afternoon as a result of what officials are describing as a "serious accident". The company has released little other information.

Dane County Communications tells 27 News, around 2 p.m. a call came in that someone had fallen about 20 feet at the Edgewater Hotel development project. Responders were dispatched, including the Dane County Medical Examiner's Office, Madison police and fire crews.

As of Monday evening, Findorff leaders had yet to confirm the victim died from a fall, but according to OSHA statistics, falls are the most common cause of death on construction sites nationwide.

At the scene, Findorff's Vice President Brian Hornung declined to elaborate on the nature of the incident or say if anyone else was involved.

"The authorities are currently investigating further details and I'm trying to notify family, unfortunately ... our heart does go out to the family," Hornung said Monday afternoon. "Our primary concern right now is to make sure the family's contacted and taken care of."

That sentiment was shared by those involved in the $100 million project that started in fall 2012 at the hotel. Developer Bob Dunn released the following statement Monday evening:

"A tragic accident involving a worker at the Edgewater site occurred this afternoon.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the worker's family, friends and co-workers.  All of us in The Edgewater family are deeply saddened and extend our sincere condolences to the worker's family."

Hornung says OSHA investigators were also on scene Monday looking into the accident.

Although Madison police were also on scene responding the emergency, a sergeant tells 27 News the department is not actively involved in the investigation, saying at this point it will be handled through Findorff and OSHA.

The Madison OSHA office was not available for comment Monday night.

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(WKOW) -- J.H. Findorff & Son has confirmed someone died at the firm's construction site at the Edgewater Hotel in Madison, according to 27 News reporter Jennifer Kliese, who's at the site.

A Findorff spokesperson says the company's hearts and prayers go out to the family of the worker killed in the accident, but did not elaborate on what happened.

Dane County Communications told 27 News the Medical Examiner was called to the scene this afternoon, after a call of someone falling 20 feet at the Edgewater construction site.

The developer of The Edgewater, Bob Dunn, released this statement about the accident Monday night:

"A tragic accident involving a worker at the Edgewater site occurred this afternoon.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the worker's family, friends and co-workers.  All of us in The Edgewater family are deeply saddened and extend our sincere condolences to the worker's family."

Jennifer Kliese will have an update on this story tonight on 27 News at 10.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County Communications tell 27 News that the medical examiner is on his way to the Edgewater Hotel.

Communications tells us that the call came in just after 2:00 p.m. stating someone had fallen approximately 20 feet at the construction site of the Edgewater Hotel.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will have more details here and on 27 News at 5 & 6.

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