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Worker Killed in Construction Accident

Posted February 13, 2007 11:48 a.m. EST
Updated February 13, 2007 2:57 p.m. EST

— A construction worker was killed Tuesday morning in a work-site accident in downtown Durham.

The accident occurred at about 11 a.m. inside a building at the Liggett & Myers construction project at West Main and Fuller streets, police said.

Derrick Pilgrim, 35, of 1204 E. Club Blvd., a worker for Big Dog Demolition Co. was doing some demolition work inside a two-story building that used to house Liggett & Myers administrative offices when a wall collapsed on him, police said.

Pilgrim was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

The historic tobacco warehouse complex is undergoing renovations as developers convert it into shops, offices and residential units.

Durham police and state Department of Labor investigators were at the work site investigating the incident Tuesday afternoon.