Thursday, May 24, 2018

Construction worker Juventino Mata-Hernandez, 24, died after falling 12 stories from the Legacy Union building under construction in the 620 block of South Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte


A male construction worker died Wednesday afternoon after falling 12 stories from a building under construction in the 620 block of South Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte, officials say.

It happened where the old "The Observer" building once stood. It is now the Legacy Union, which is going to be 33 stories once completed next year.

Officials said the worker was Juventino Mata-Hernandez, 24.

"I would wonder were all the safety precautions taken to make sure something like this didn't happen?” said Gina Johnson, who was staying a nearby hotel. “You hope that they did and, it was just some sort of weird, freak accident and not something that could have been preventable."

The North Carolina Department of Labor is investigating the incident.

Statement from Gilbane Building Company, which is building the skyscraper:

"We are saddened to report that a fatal accident occurred today involving a worker at the Legacy Union construction site.

“We're gathering information on exactly what happened and have no details to share at this time.

We're working closely with the authorities to provide you with more details as they become available.

We extend our deepest condolences to those affected. They are certainly in our thoughts and prayers."  But will not open our pocket book to pay for the loss of this young man.  Thoughts and prayers are free, but money is not.



A construction worker is dead after falling from a building in uptown Charlotte Wednesday afternoon.

Medic says the incident happened in the 600 block of South Tryon Street.

Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department say a caller told them that a male construction worker, later identified as 24-year-old Juventino Mata- Hernandez, fell from a building that was under construction.

Hernandez was pronounced dead on the scene.

All eastbound lanes of Stonewall Street were closed temporarily between Church Street and Tryon Street due to the incident. There were delays on the westbound lanes of the street due to on-lookers.

There's no word on what caused him to fall from the building or what led to the incident.

Detectives interviewed witnesses, and the medical examiner’s office will make the final determination on Hernandez's cause and manner of death.

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) will conduct a separate investigation.

According to the Charlotte Observer, the building where the incident took place is the former site of the Observer building, where Lincoln Harris is developing a 33-story office tower anchored by Bank of America.

The 640-foot-tall building is expected to open in early 2019, though an exact date hasn't been given.

It's the first phase of a development called Legacy Union that's expected to include shops, restaurants, residences, more office space and hotels.

This is an ongoing, active investigation and anyone with additional information concerning this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.