joey hale & ben ricks accident
Authorities have identified the two men who died in a falling death incident at a building downtown.
The accident happened just before 11 a.m. on June, 6th at the old International Shoe Building, located on Washington Avenue in St. Louis.
The workers, Joey Hale, 44 and Ben Ricks, 58, were in a lift box cutting cables when, for reasons unknown, the cable holding the lift box snapped and the two men fell to their deaths from the sixth floor.
OSHA is handling the investigation into the accident and work at the site was postponed until further notice.
The 160,000 square-foot International Shoe Building was constructed in 1909 and designed by Union Station architect Theodore Link.
Incidents like this, while not common, are an example of preventable injury or death. Sumner Law Group fights for victims and victims families in cases like falling death.