16-year-old dies after falling 120 feet from scaffolding at East Nashville construction site

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A 16-year-old construction worker died after falling from scaffolding at a construction site in East Nashville Tuesday afternoon.

Gustavo Enrique Ramirez (Source: Submitted)

Metro Police said Gustavo Enrique Ramirez from Springfield fell 120 feet to the ground at the La Quinta Inn job site located at 315 Interstate Drive. 

His 18-year-old brother was on the scaffolding with him when he said he heard a noise, turned around, and saw his brother fall, according to Metro Police.

Detectives did not see a safety harness on the victim. A representative from the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration responded to the scene. 

Metro Police reported Ramirez was a part-time employee of Cortez Plastering, a subcontractor on the new hotel project.

Ramirez’s death has been classified by Metro Police as an accident. No additional information was released.

Construction company D.F. Chase, Inc. released a statement regarding Ramirez’s death on Wednesday evening:

“All of us at D.F. Chase, Inc. are deeply saddened over the death of Gustavo Enrique Ramirez. Our hearts go out to his family. At this time, we understand this to be an isolated and tragic event, and the first fatality we have experienced in our 33 years of doing business. We are doing all we can to support TOSHA and his employer in their investigation to understand what went wrong. While TOSHA approved work to resume at the site, we are temporarily stopping work as everyone processes this tragedy.”

Dennis Gregory, President at D.F. Chase, Inc.

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