Super Bowl setup worker dies after fall at stadium

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A worker died while on the job with a Super Bowl setup crew at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

It happened on Wednesday afternoon.

The 31-year-old man fell 35 feet from a tower outside of the stadium. He worked as a rigger -- a person who specializes in moving large, heavy objects high above ground.

Multiple sources told 3TV the worker was Ryan Lipman. A longtime friend said rigging was Lipman's passion, and described him as safety-conscious and careful.

Officers from the Glendale Police Department and paramedics from the Glendale Fire Department responded to the incident, according to Sgt. David Vidaure with the Glendale Police Dept.

He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

There might have been some type of medical condition that led to that fall.

Hundreds of people showed up to work at the stadium on Thursday morning but they were sent home.

The NFL said it has several subcontractors doing work at the site but declined to name the company the man worked for.

Sgt. Vidaure said the Industrial Commission of Arizona will conduct the formal investigation.

The NFL gave this statement: "We extend our deepest condolences to Mr. Lipman's family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time."


Worker dies after falling from stage near Super Bowl stadium

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- A construction worker is dead after falling from a stage being built in a parking lot outside the University of Phoenix Stadium for a Super Bowl event, the NFL Tailgate Party.

Glendale police said the 31-year-old man was pronounced dead at a hospital after being seriously injured when he fell Wednesday. The man's identity was not released.

Police Sgt. Dave Viadure said the incident appeared to be workplace accident.

The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health is investigating the death. Division spokeswoman Rachel Brockway said state law prohibits release of any information until the investigation is completed.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the worker was hired through a subcontractor to help assemble the stage.

McCarthy said the man fell approximate 25-30 feet. He declined to release any additional information.

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