Iowa Glazier Tom Fosdick Dies on Jobsite
September 3, 2010

Tom Fosdick of Swanson Glass, a commercial glazing contractor based in Des Moines, passed away on Wednesday as a result of a head injury sustained on a jobsite on August 30.

According to an article in the Press-Citizen, Fosdick died as a result of a fall while working on renovations to the University of Iowa Boyd Law Building.

A statement issued on September 1 by the university said:

It is with deep sadness that the University of Iowa learned of the death of Tom Fosdick today. Tom was 49 years old. He was injured while working as a private contractor on a project at the UI Boyd Law Building. An All-American diver as a prep athlete at Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School, he joined the Hawkeye swimming and diving team in 1979. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and hope that they will find some measure of comfort in the support of their friends and community.
Fosdick’s family offered thanks to family, friends and community members for their support in a statement issued that same day:  
The tremendous sense of loss we felt following Tom’s tragic accident has only deepened with his passing today. We are grateful that we as a family were able to say good-bye to him. We are proud to follow his wishes that his organs and tissue be donated in order to give the gift of life to others. He was a generous and caring man, and he would be happy to help others even in the face of this tragedy. Thank you again for your support.
Fosdick’s funeral will be held on Monday.

The Press-Citizen article also reported that the general contractor on the project, Miron Construction, has a record of 19 workplace safety violations with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). A search of OSHA records found no such violations for Swanson Glass.

KAS Investment, the Rochester, Minn.-based parent company of Swanson, notes on its website, “Employee safety has been a leading point of emphasis for KAS Investment Co. since opening its doors 30 years ago. It is the policy of KAS to strive for the highest safety standards on our projects and in our shop facilities.”

A representative from KAS was unavailable to comment to™ on the details surrounding the accident.

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