Worker who fell to his death 'was life of the party,' says dad

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on January 8, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 1:40 PM

A local family is grieving as they learn more about what caused their son to fall 50 feet to his death at a Seattle construction site Monday.

Aaron Adair's family says he was as careful as they come and call the incident a freak accident.

"It's a real blow to everybody," said Dave Adair, Aaron Adair's father. "We are going to miss him terribly."

Dave knows the next few weeks will be a time for family to celebrate the full life of his son.

"He was the life of the party," said Dave. "We'll get through it, but it's going to be really hard."

Aaron had climbed the ranks as an iron worker. His younger brother, Brady, knows the job came with risks.

"I know I couldn't do a job like that," said Brady.

The family got the call Monday afternoon that something must have gone wrong at the construction site. Aaron, who was welding on a downtown highrise, plunged 50 feet to his death.

"He's got harnesses, and he knows the drill. He's been doing it for quite a few years," said Dave.

Witnesses say Adair may have tripped over a co-worker after unclipping a safety harness to change positions. It was Adair's first day on the construction site.

"I just thought in my mind never him, never him. He's too careful," said Brady.

While his family deals with the anguish, they must also be there for Adair's fiance, Amanda. Brady introduced them.

"I was just looking forward to planning a wedding and being a best man and giving a speech. But now I'm planning a memorial," said Brady.

Aaron's father says his heart goes out to other parents who have lost a child, especially when the "life of the party" they loved so much loved life so much himself.

State Labor and Industries is investigating the incident. L& I inspected the site in November after concerns over "fall protection." That inspection turned up no violations.

 

 

 

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