A construction worker on a power line project north of New Prague was killed and another was injured Wednesday morning after the two plummeted into a 50-foot hole, Scott County Sheriff Kevin Studnicka confirmed.
Scott County Dispatch received a call just before 9 a.m. reporting the two had fallen at the work site, located in the 2200 block of West 260th Street.
Both workers were wearing safety harnesses attached to a 700-lb concrete block when and were standing on a circular rebar section that was being lowered into the hole by a crane when a strap broke and the workers fell between 20 and 30 feet.
Emergency crews rescued the two men from the hole, but officials say 28-year-old Robert Fenstermacher, of Oologah, Okla., was pronounced dead at the scene from head injuries he sustained in the fall.
The surviving worker, 37-year-old Jeremy Moye, of Machesney, Ill., was taken to the Mayo One hospital in New Prague. He was released at 3:30 p.m. after being treated for cuts and broken fingers.
In a release, Studnicka said the workers were from the CapX 2020 power line project along County Road 2 between Highway 21 and Drexel Avenue north of New Prague.
The contractor for the project is Illinois-based Aldridge Electric. Work began in April of last year on the line, which will eventually connect Brookings County, SD, with Hampton, Minn.
OSHA, along with the Scott County Sheriff's Office, are investigating the incident.