At approximately 8:00 a.m. today, an accident occurred at the site of the Lowertown Ballpark project in Saint Paul. As heavy equipment operators were demolishing a building, a portion of the concrete structure supporting the building fell onto the cab of one of the backhoes involved in the demolition work.
This accident resulted in the death of Johnny Valek, a heavy equipment operator for Rachel Contracting, a subcontractor of Ryan Companies.
All of us at Ryan are deeply saddened, and our sympathies go out to family members and colleagues. We’re also working with the family and Johnny’s co-workers to offer grief counseling and support.
An investigation into the cause of the accident is well underway, and Ryan is cooperating fully with authorities. Ryan has one of the best construction safety records in the industry, and we take incidents like this very seriously.
Statement issued by:
Collin Barr, President, NorthCentral Region
50 South 10th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403