Construction on an addition to the University’s Museum of Art was halted last week after the death of a masonry worker who fell from a scaffold 40 feet off the ground at the work site.

The worker was identified as Pinckney resident Leo Felty. Felty, 32, is survived by his wife, Amy, the Village of Pinckney clerk, and three children.

Felty was taken to the University Hospital Thursday at about 3 p.m. and was pronounced dead at about 5 p.m., University Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Diane Brown said.

Felty, an employee of Davenport Masonry in Holt, Mich., was working for Skanska USA Building, a New Jersey-based construction company heading up the $35 million addition to the Museum of Art.

Skanska stopped construction Thursday after the incident. Company officials could not be reached for comment regarding when construction would resume.

DPS and the University’s Department of Occupational Safety and Environmental Health responded to the incident Thursday and determined that it was an accident, Brown said.

Terry Alexander, executive director of OSEH, said the department began an investigation into the cause of the accident on Friday and would return to the work site today to interview workers.

Alexander wouldn’t release investigation details that have already been found in the case, citing the fact that the case is still ongoing.

Investigators would likely announce their findings today or tomorrow, Alexander said.

Grief counselors were also brought in last week to speak with other workers at the site.

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