OSHA investigating worker death at Wausau construction site

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WAUSAU, WIS. (WSAW) A worker died at the construction site of a new hotel in Wausau last Thursday and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.

According to Captain Dale Wisnewski of the Marathon County Sheriff's Department, 45-year-old Shane Cash of Wisconsin Rapids fell from a ladder while drilling holes in the ceiling of the new Hilton Garden Inn on N. Mountain Road in Wausau.

Wisnewski says Cash died at the scene.

OSHA spokesman Scott Allen confirmed an investigation is taking place.

Allen says investigators will question witnesses and property owner Ghidorzi Companies to make sure OSHA standards were being followed.

Margaret Ghidorzi, a spokesperson for the company released a statement on the worker's death.

"On Thursday afternoon, a fatality occurred on the construction site of the Hilton Garden Inn. A subcontractor was discovered by a co-worker after passing away during the workday. Since this tragedy, we have and continue to work proactively with authorities to determine the root cause of the accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, loved ones and co-workers as we all mourn his loss."

Construction for the 5,900 square foot building began in July 2016.

By law, OSHA has 6 months to complete the investigation.