Man dies after fall at construction site in downtown Tulsa, police say

TULSA, Okla. — A worker died Friday morning after falling at a construction site in downtown Tulsa, police said.

Tulsa police and firefighters responded to the scene near 2nd and Detroit around 7 a.m.

The man, 52-year-old Abel Garcia, died at the scene, police said.

Police say Garcia was on the 11th floor of the building when he fell to the 5th floor and died. He wasn’t wearing a safety harness, according to police.

The majority of workers were sent home for the day.

According to the Vice President of Human Resources Tony Destefano at Flintco, the company has been incident-free since 2006 when there was a serious incident.

The company, until today, touted 10,000,000 work hours without an employee having to miss time due to injury, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Destefano told FOX23 they have called OSHA to the scene to do an investigation and the company is also working with the Tulsa Police Department who is investigating. He says in many work instances, harnesses are required but cannot say if it was at this time, and what the nature of the work being done in that situation is.

According to OSHA 85 people have died as the result of a workplace accident from 2017-2020 in Oklahoma:

  • 2020: 17
  • 2019: 20
  • 2018: 23
  • 2017: 25

Of the 85 deaths, citations against the employer were issued in 42 of them.

Falls were to blame in 24 of the 85 deaths, and 10 of the 85 deaths were in Tulsa, second to the 11 in Oklahoma City.