Worker died while building Northside Hospital Midtown expansion

The man who died at a Midtown construction site Friday was working on a 12-story Northside Hospital building when a piece of construction equipment fell on him.

The worker was identified Saturday as Luis De Leon Jr., 20, of Rex, an unincorporated community in Clayton County, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating, spokesman Eric Lucero told Channel 2 Action News.

“We are incredibly saddened by the loss of our Batson-Cook employee,” said Randy Hall, president and CEO of West Point-based Batson-Cook Construction. “Safety is one of Batson-Cook's core values and our first priority at all times. We are conducting a full investigation into this tragic incident and are assisting local authorities and OSHA as they conduct their investigations as well."

No one was working at the construction site Saturday, a day after the fatality.

The Northside Midtown Medical building is scheduled to open in mid-2018, located at West Peachtree Street and 13th Street.

Northside Hospital plans to occupy most of the 170,000-square-foot facility, which includes an imaging center, primary care offices, a cardiology department and an urgent care center, according to the hospital's website.

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