In the midst of the construction on Baylor University’s new stadium in Waco, a construction worker was killed after a tragic worksite accident. Another construction worker was injured.
Jose Dario Suarez, 55, of Manor and an unidentified co-worker were working on a pedestrian bridge that will ultimately connect Baylor’s campus to the new McLane Stadium. The bridge is over the Brazos River and when some construction equipment the men were harnessed to fell from a floating dock, they were pulled into the near-freezing water.
The unidentified man was able to unfasten his safety harness and found his way to the water’s surface. He was pulled to safety by emergency personnel and treated for hypothermia at a local hospital. Suarez was unable to free himself from his safety harness and divers found him four hours later still attached under water. This industrial accident is still currently under investigation.
Construction will continue on the 45,000-seat McLane Stadium and is expected to cost $260 million. Baylor is planning to have it completed this year in time for their season opener against SMU.
NBC Sports College Football Talk also notes that this isn’t the first college football stadium construction death in the state of Texas. In December of last year, a 25-year-old construction worker died at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field while working on a $450 million renovation/expansion project. The man fell four stories and died as a result of his injuries.
Our sincere condolences go out to the family of Jose Dario Suarez.