Penn State

Penn State construction site death ruled accidental

The death of a man after a construction site accident at Penn State was due to blunt force trauma, Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers said in a news release.

Jerod Chapman, 29, of Uniontown, died Friday at Mount Nittany Medical Center as the result of construction site accident on the Penn State campus.

Sayers also ruled the death accidental.

Work at the site was suspended Monday for an investigation by P.J. Dick construction , Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said.

“We won’t have information to release, as the obligation to report to agencies and others, and to correct any issues, belongs to P.J. Dick,” Powers said in an email. “We anticipate a thorough investigation of the accident by P.J. Dick and an examination of their safety program. Once the investigation is complete, the work will continue at the site.”

P.J. Dick was contracted to provide construction management at-risk services for the $27 million Burrowes Building renovation, where Chapman was killed.

“We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family of Mr. Chapman and are fully cooperating with the proper authorities in their investigation of this tragic incident,” P.J. Dick spokesman Jake Ploeger said in an email.

He also said Chapman was employed by Maccabee Industrial Inc. and referred further comment to Maccabee safety director Jay Paroda.

Paroda did not respond to requests for comment.

Powers said Penn State works with all contractors hired by the university to create the safest possible working conditions.

“A site-specific safety plan is part of each construction project initiated, and contractors must follow all local, state and federal regulations for construction site safety,” Powers said. “It is rare to have a serious accident like this on a project. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, co-workers and friends of Mr. Chapman.”