Construction worker killed on SUNY Oswego campus

A construction worker was killed after a fall on the campus of SUNY Oswego Friday morning around 8:25 a.m.

According to officials at SUNY Oswego, the man was installing metal roof decking on a new connector between Park and Wilber Halls when he fell. He was pronounced dead at Oswego Hospital about an hour later.

Officials at SUNY Oswego say the man was Lateef Haskins, 37, of Liverpool. He was an ironworker with Solvay Iron Works, a subcontractor of PAC & Associates of Oswego.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family," said Julie Harrison Blissert, college spokesperson.

The $17.2 million project is part of a renovation of SUNY Oswego's School of Education. Park Hall and the new connector to Wilber Hall are scheduled to open next fall.

"We extend our deep condolences to his family and his co-workers," SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley said. "It's a tragic accident, unprecedented over the years of recent major construction at our college."

Officials at SUNY Oswego say University Police Department responded and has asked for assistance from the Sheriff's Department as it conducts an investigation. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was also on site to review what happened.

The college says it has suspended all campus construction projects Friday to begin a safety inspection of construction sites and review the safety plans that are routinely submitted by the contractors.