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Tragic death temporarily shuts down construction site

Lawton_A tragic death halted construction at an apartment complex site on Lawton's East Side.  52 year old Daniel Edminsten of Tulsa was working on the third level of the complex at the 3500 block of East Gore.  TDK Construction employees say the next thing they knew, Edminsten was laying on the concrete three stories below.  He was taken to a local hospital and later pronounced dead.

Now, the entire site has been shut down.  Everyone working on the building has left the area to clear their heads.  Some will head to Tulsa for the funeral and others will try and move forward, but now, they're all mourning the loss of a great guy.

Lawton Police are still investigating, but Captain Will Hines, with the LPD says officers responded to an emergency call.  "Apparently he was talking to someone and had given them some kind of information and had fallen over a rail.  The ambulance arrived and took him to the hospital," said Hines.

A few workers had returned to the job site early Thursday but most of them say they're still in shock.  None of them wanted to comment formally, but they say it's unfortunate.  They said they just don't understand how it could have happened.  They say Edminsten was leaning over a rail on the third floor and it must have given way.

He was taken to a local hospital and doctors say the cause of his death was a torn aorta.  LPD says this appears to have been an accident - and workers say the site will be closed until Monday.  They feel it's only right to do so considering the awful, unexpected and tragic accident.

A lot of workers have been in this type of field for 20 years and say they have never experienced something like this before.  Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) has been notified about this death, however, OSHA officials say investigations can take anywhere from a few weeks to six months to complete.

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