A 44-year-old man died Saturday after he fell from a crane during construction work in St. Paul, Minnesota.
He was identified by Minnesota Public Radio as James D. Thomas, a crane operator.
“This accident is heartbreaking to our family, our entire community, and our entire St. Louis community,” St. Joseph County Executive Ed Stefanski said in a statement.
Thomas worked at the Dyson Industries facility for 18 years.
The company said it was working with the St. Croix County coroner’s office.
A crane operator at Dyson is accused of jumping to safety when he saw a man falling from the crane.
The St. Cloud Times reports that a preliminary investigation shows Thomas jumped from the third floor of the crane and fell about 25 feet, hitting the ground hard.
The man’s name has not been released.
An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.