Man Dies At Cowboys Stadium Construction Site

The worksite in Arlington, Texas where the Cowboys are building their new, billion-dollar stadium endured its second serious accident within the last week.

Cowboys Construction site

Timothy Mackinnon, 45, of Arlington, made contact with a power line yesterday and died. Despite a fast reaction time from emergency services, he could not be revived, and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.


[Mackinnon] was standing on a ladder and performing an electrical test when he touched the power line, said Neal Strasser, a battalion chief with the Arlington Fire Department.

He became wedged between the ladder and the stadium wall. A co-worker carried him to the ground and tried to revive him, Strasser said.

[Mackinnon] worked for JMEG Electric, a subcontractor hired by the stadium’s general contractor, Manhattan Construction.

The accident happened around 11 a.m. The fire department received an emergency call at 11:05 a.m. and arrived within five minutes, but revival attempts at the scene were unsuccessful. Mackinnon was pronounced dead at Arlington Memorial Hospital.

The cause of the accident is unknown, and work has been stopped on the site through today. The accident has been one of a handful at the site:

The death comes two days after a crane accident at the construction site sent three workers to the hospital. Two were treated and released, while the third, Wesley Harlow, was in serious condition Saturday, said a spokeswoman at Baylor University Medical Center.

In August, a crane hook hit a worker in the back. He was sent to the hospital and released the next day. In January 2007, a stadium worker fell 20 feet through a hole between stadium levels. He was hospitalized in critical condition but recovered and later returned to work.

Let’s hope it’s the last.