Posted at: 09/10/2013 11:44 AM
Updated at: 09/10/2013 4:08 PM

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UPDATE: Body of Man Killed in Minn. Demolition Recovered

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Authorities have recovered the body of a worker killed in a demolition collapse in downtown St. Paul.
 
St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard says the body of 61-year-old Johnny Valec of Plymouth was recovered about 1 p.m. Tuesday.
 
The backhoe operator was working to demolish a building at the site of the future St. Paul Saints ballpark when a piece of concrete, roughly 25 feet by 10 feet, fell on him and his equipment. Zaccard says the worker, an employee of Rachel Contracting, was killed instantly.
 
Zaccard says Minnesota OSHA will investigate.
 
The St. Paul Saints issued a statement Tuesday extending sympathies to the worker's family.
 
Clearing the site for the new Lowertown ballpark began in July.
 
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ST. PAUL, MN (AP) - Work to recovery the victim of a demolition collapse continues in downtown St. Paul.
    
St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard says the backhoe operator was working to demolish a building at the site of the future St. Paul Saints ballpark when a piece of concrete, roughly 25 feet by 10 feet, fell on him and his equipment. Zaccard says the worker, an employee of Rachel Contracting, was killed instantly.
    
Zaccard says another backhoe operator is chopping away at the concrete so that a recovery team can reach the victim.
    
The St. Paul Saints issued a statement Tuesday extending sympathies to the worker's family.
    
Clearing the site for the new Lowertown ballpark began in July.

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(ABC 6 NEWS) -- One person has been killed during a partial building collapse at the site of the future St. Paul Saints stadium in downtown St. Paul.

The former Gillette building is being demolished to clear the site for the Lowertown Ballpark. The building is in the area of East Fifth Street and Broadway.

Officials say the collapse happened around 8 a.m. and killed the worker instantly. Emergency crews say it was too late to help when they arrived. They are now attempting to remove the concrete and recover the victim's body.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is looking into the situation, and the site is shut down during the investigation.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman released the following statement following the fatal accident:

“My heart goes out to the family of the worker who was tragically killed during demolition of the Gillette Building in Lowertown earlier today. Construction work can be a dangerous job, and so today I am thankful to all the men and women in construction trades who day in and day out work to make our community a better place.”