Man who died at UNLV construction site has been identified

The man who died at a UNLV construction site Wednesday has been identified by the Clark County coroner's office.

He is 27-year-old Joshua Richard Meade, of Las Vegas, the coroner's office said Thursday. Meade, a contract worker, was injured just after 11 a.m. at The Thomas and Mack Center. He died later at a valley hospital.

The coroner's office listed his cause of death as blunt force injuries after being crushed by a trench plate, a large, heavy piece of metal often used to cover holes in roads. Traumatic asphyxia, caused by injuries to the chest area, also contributed to Meade's death.

His death was ruled an accident.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas officials are working to determine what caused the incident, a spokesman said in a prepared statement.

Spokeswoman Teri Williams from the Occupational Safety Health Administration said the department began investigating Meade's death Wednesday, but would not provide additional details.

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