NASA formed an investigation board
at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., to review the circumstances
surrounding the death of a construction worker who fell off a
building at the center.
The functions of the five-member investigation board include
examining the facts surrounding the incident, gathering evidence,
determining probable cause and recommending corrective actions. A
final report is expected in about one month.
Chairing the board is John Casper, manager of the Space Shuttle
Management Integration and Planning Office at NASA's Johnson Space
Center in Houston. Casper is a veteran astronaut who flew on four
space shuttle missions. He has also served as director of Safety,
Reliability and Quality Assurance at Johnson. In addition to the
five voting members, the board is also supported by a number of
NASA advisers and administrative support staff.
In the early afternoon of March 17, Steven Owens, a 46-year-old
employee of Oneida Construction, was performing roof repairs at a
warehouse when he fell about 16 feet. Emergency personnel were
called to the site, and he was airlifted to a hospital in Orlando,
Fla., where he died that same day. Owens was part of a roofing crew
working on a warehouse located behind the Kennedy headquarters
building in the center's industrial area. Oneida Construction is a
subcontractor to Space Gateway Services, Kennedy's base operations