Monday, August 11, 2008
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
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Smith's death comes seven
months after the February death of
masonry worker Leo Felty, 32, who
fell 38 feet from a scaffold on the
Skanska USA Building construction
site for the Museum of Art.
Brown said that the deaths are
"very, very different" and should
not be associated with each other.
In the investigation of Felty's death,
MIOSHA found that Skanska
neglected to install guardrails and
extend planks on the scaffolding in
its haste to finish the project. It was
Bob Pawlowski, the director of
MIOSHA, said that construction
site deaths often involve safety stan-
"Occasionally we do investigate
where there are no violations of
MIOSHA standards, but frankly
that's pretty rare," he said. "Usually
we do find issues related to safety and
health, things that could have pre-
vented it, violations of standards."
According to MIOSHA, falls are
the most prevalentcause of death on
construction sites in Michigan.
"Worker safety is one of the high-
est priorities for University of Mich-
igan construction projects," said
Marina Roelofs, executive director
of the University's Department of
Architecture, Engineering and Con-
struction, in a written statement.
Cotter said that Smith was a sub-
contracted worker from Schindler
Elevator Company who befriended
workers on the site while moving
them and their equipment from
floor to floor throughout the day.
"There are about one hundred
guys on the site," Cotter said.
"Everybody knew him, everybody
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sity, which previously had to con-
tact multiple companies regarding
each aspect of media rights.
"Now if you call us, we'll talk
to you about the whole package,"
One of the main issues the
University was concerned with
was protecting the integrity of its
sports facilities, especially the Big
House, Stultz said.
"The University is very protec-
tive of the game atmosphere in the
Big House," he said. "We need
to find ways to meet sponsors'
needs that is consistent with
what the University is willing
Stultz said they will work
with sponsors to make sure
signage is kept out of the Big
"We know that it's in (our) best
interest to respect the traditions of
the University," he said. "We work
with the universities to make sure
what we do pleases them, to make
sponsors and fans happy."
Stultz said they were hoping to
add Michigan to their list of elite
college athletic programs thatthey
handled from early on in the rela-
"That was our goal," he said, "to
try to win the confidence of the
University and do a great job and
be willing to let us handle more of
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