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Worker killed during energy plant demolition (UPDATE)

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) — A demolition superintendent has died after being injured in an accident during the demolition of an old Alliant Energy power plant in Beloit.

The Beloit Fire Department said in a statement that the 57-year-old man was found lying on the bottom floor of a partly demolished building Friday with “severe trauma to his abdomen.”

Deputy Fire Chief Glen Hennig told the Janesville Gazette that the man was working on a beam when something came loose. He died at a Janesville hospital. The man’s name has not been released.

A spokesman for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration confirmed Monday that the organization had opened an investigation into the accident. According to OSHA, the worker was struck by a steel beam during demolition activities. The man worked for Illinois-based Brandenburg Inc., according to OSHA.

The Rock River Generating System had been idle since 2010. The demolition project is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year.

Alliant Energy said it is cooperating with the investigation.

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