Worker dies in Charlotte airport electrical accident

A construction worker at Charlotte Douglas International Airport died after being electrocuted Sunday, state officials said.

A construction worker at Charlotte Douglas International Airport died after being electrocuted Sunday, state officials said.

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A worker died during a construction accident at Charlotte Douglas International Airport early Monday, authorities said.

Rosendin Electric, a company based in San Jose, California, filed a report at 10 a.m. Monday confirming the death with the North Carolina Department of Labor. John Mallow, spokesman for the Department of Labor, said the death was caused by electrocution.

The employee was found unresponsive at the construction site, Rosendin spokeswoman Salina Brown told The Charlotte Observer Tuesday afternoon. Brown also said OSHA and the company are investigating the death, in addition to the state.

Paramedics received a call at 12:55 a.m. Monday related to cardiac arrest, Mecklenburg EMS spokeswoman Grace Nelson said.

Police were called to the airport at 1:15 a.m. Monday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police spokesman Mike Allinger told the Observer Tuesday. Firefighters and paramedics treated the worker at the scene before he was taken to Carolinas Medical Center.

A doctor pronounce the patient dead at the hospital, Allinger said.

The worker’s identity has not been released and the Labor Department is investigating the incident, Mallow said.

It was not immediately known what construction project the worker was at when the electrocution occurred, or what time the electrocution happened.

CLT construction projects

In 2015, the Charlotte airport launched several construction projects as part of its “Destination CLT” vision.

The west side of a $608 million terminal lobby expansion recently opened to passengers. But some parts of the lobby like ticketing booths and additional lighting are still being installed.

There also are other ongoing projects around the airport complex.

A fourth runway currently in the planning phase will be completed by 2027. A new terminal along the fourth runway would open by 2028.

The second phase of expansions to Concourse A is expected to finish by fall 2024. Expansions to Concourses B and C are also planned, but no timeline is available for their completion yet.

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Construction cranes as seen from the 7th-floor roof of the hourly parking structure Friday morning, July 1, 2022 at the Charlotte Douglass International Airport. Arthur H. Trickett-Wile atrickett-wile@charlotteobserver

A full list of planned and completed projects under Destination CLT is available on the airport’s website.

Charlotte Douglas is one of the busiest airports in the world. CLT was ranked the fifth busiest airport worldwide for arrivals and departures, according to Airports Council International 2021 preliminary rankings.

About Rosendin Electric

Rosendin has contracted work on several airports in the past.

The company is part of ongoing renovations of San Francisco International Terminal 1. Previously, it’s completed projects at Austin-Bergstrom International, McCarran International and Sacramento International airports.

The company employs over 7,500 workers and makes $2 billion in yearly revenue, according to its website.

While Rosendin’s corporate headquarters are in San Jose, the company has an office in Charlotte.

A Rosendin worker also died on the job in 2015, when an employee of Rosendin Dallas died in a construction accident at Baylor University, the Longview News-Journal reported.

Rosendin was one of several parties sued in 2018 after a girl was electrocuted at MGM National Harbor, a casino in Maryland that the company worked on, The Washington Post reported. The lawsuit was settled in 2019.

This story was originally published July 26, 2022 12:28 PM.

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