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Construction worker dies after fall in south Las Vegas Valley

A construction worker died Monday after falling more than 20 feet into a hole at a construction site in the southern valley.

The fall happened about 11:40 a.m. on a construction site near Las Vegas Boulevard South and Jonathan Drive, just north of the M Resort. By 2 p.m., the man’s body was recovered by Clark County Fire Department emergency personnel.

The worker was sandblasting pipes into a manhole, and after the work was completed, he somehow fell into the hole, John Steinbeck, Clark County Fire Department spokesman, said during a media briefing at the construction site.

The man died on impact and was pronounced dead at the scene, spokesman Scott Webster said.

“We don’t know how it occurred,” Webster added.

Teri Williams, a Nevada OSHA spokeswoman, said the state agency was leading the investigation.

“We won’t know much more until the investigation closes,” she said. “It could take up to six months depending on the complexity of it all.”

Contact Briana Erickson at berickson@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5244. Follow @brianarerick on Twitter. Contact Rio Lacanlale at rlacanlale@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Follow @riolacanlale on Twitter.

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