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UPDATED: Construction worker taken to hospital after fall at UND

A man was injured Monday when he fell about 30 feet at a construction site on UND's campus. University Police Department Sgt. Danny Weigel said Gary D. Volk sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Altru Hospital in an ambul...

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A man was injured Monday when he fell about 30 feet at a construction site on UND’s campus.

University Police Department Sgt. Danny Weigel said Gary D. Volk sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Altru Hospital in an ambulance after falling down the shaft of a stairwell structure.

Volk fell at about 8:44 a.m. Monday while working on the construction of the Collaborative Energy Complex between Upson 1 and Leonard halls. The 55-year-old was conscious and breathing for the ambulance ride, Weigel said, and was still at the hospital as of 3:30 p.m. No other details about his injuries have been released.

Volk is not a UND employee and Weigel said he works for the Minnesota-based drywall contractor Custom Drywall, Inc. and is from Sandstone, Minn.

UND Police Department was assisted at the scene by Altru Ambulance and Grand Forks Fire Department.

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This is the second reported incident of a construction worker being injured in a fall at a Grand Forks work site this month.

No foul play is suspected in the case of a worker who fell in a hole Dec. 11 at a municipal lift station construction site on 11th Avenue South but the identity of the person involved still hasn’t been released.

Grand Forks Police Department Lt. Derik Zimmel said Monday the police were “only there to assist” and directed inquiries to Human Resources and Safety Director Aaron Rygg with ICS Inc., the contractor on the project.

Rygg said all he could say Monday was that the fall was an accident and it was protocol to check with the person involved and the company’s owner before releasing more information.

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