Dallas Cowboys

Fatal Accident at the Dallas Cowboys' New Stadium

Chris AllenSenior Analyst IJune 16, 2008

Timothy Mackinnon, 45, an electrician for JMEG Electric, died on Saturday in the fourth accident at the Dallas Cowboys new stadium construction site. This is the second accident in the past week.

Mackinnon was preforming a power test on a ladder when he touched a high-voltage line. He then became wedged between the ladder and the stadium wall. A co-worker carried him down and tried to revive him, but the attempts were unsuccessful.

The Arlington Fire Department was called at approximately 11:05 AM, five minutes after the accident occurred. They arrived after five minutes, and their revival attempts were also unsuccessful.

Mackinnon was pronounced dead at the Arlington Memorial Hospital. JMEG Electric was a subcontractor hired by the stadium's main contractor, Manhattan Construction.

This, however, was not the first accident at the construction site. Only two days before, a crane accident sent three workers to the hospital. In August, a worker was hit in the back with a crane hook, and stayed in the hospital overnight.

In January 2007, a worker fell 20' through a hole between levels of the stadium. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but recovered and returned to work at a later date.

Manhattan Construction released a statement saying that its employees are "deeply saddened."

"Our focus right now is with the family and friends of this individual as well as on the investigation of the incident," said the statement, released after the accident occurred.

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