• I-4 Ultimate construction halted after worker killed by 20-foot pipe, officials say

    By: Steve Barrett , Chip Skambis , Samantha Manning

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    WINTER PARK, Fla. - An I-4 Ultimate construction worker died in an industrial accident near Fairbanks Avenue and Wymore Road on Monday afternoon, Orange County Fire Rescue said. 

    The employee, a 59-year-old man, suffered a head injury around 1 p.m. when he was struck by an 18-inch by 20-foot iron pipe while working on a construction project at the intersection of Wymore Road and Riddle Drive near the I-4 underpass north of Fairbanks Avenue, firefighters said. 

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    The worker was taken to AdventHealth Hospital, where he later died, officials said. 

    Construction on the I-4 Ultimate project has been temporarily halted following the man's death. 

    Safety and emergency-related maintenance work will continue, officials said. 

    Officials have not released the identity of the worker. 

    The Orange County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death.

    In March, SGL conducted a 4-day safety review after a 56-year-old ironworker, Michael Tolman, died after steel that was being moved by a crane fell on him on South Street near the westbound on-ramp to I-4.

    In December 2016, Curtis Popkey, an SGL Constructors subcontractor, was killed when he was hit by a steel stand used to hold a piece of equipment.

    Earlier that year, worker Marvin Franklin was killed after his co-worker backed over him with construction equipment.

    The Florida Department of Transportation did not immediately say if this accident would cause a similar work stoppage. 

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