Worker Killed at KY Amazon Airport Project

OSHA is investigating the accidental death of an ironworker at the $1.5 billion Amazon Air hub project at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) in Hebron, Kentucky.

Construction Dive reports that the Boone County, Kentucky, coroner has identified the worker as 46-year-old Loren Shoemake and said he died from blunt force trauma.

Shoemake was an employee of subcontractor Columbus Steel Erectors.

An airport spokesperson told Construction Dive that CVG Airport first responders were dispatched to the scene at 12:44 p.m. EST after receiving a call related to a workplace injury at the Amazon project site.

The new hub will include a ramp tower, sortation facilities and, ultimately, space for up to 100 aircraft.

The project is scheduled for completion in 2021 and is part of $8 billion of investments — at the airport, fulfillment and customer service centers and Whole Foods stores — that Amazon has made in Kentucky since 1999. 

The accident at the Amazon project comes on the heels of injuries on another high-profile construction project last week.

Two structural precast concrete beams reportedly fell on a manlift, seriously injuring the two workers who were operating the piece of equipment at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The venue is in the midst of a $106 million renovation.  

The two workers were trapped at first, freed and then hospitalized. While there has been no official confirmation, local media reported that one worker was paralyzed and that the other suffered massive head trauma.

OSHA has opened inspections for supplier Gate Precast Inc. in Monroeville, Alabama, general contractor Caddell Construction Co. LLC, of Montgomery, Alabama, and S’N’S Erectors Inc. of Arlington, Texas.