DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A construction worker died Thursday after falling from scaffolding while working on an interstate bridge just north of Des Moines, authorities said.
First responders found Benjamin Rivera-Avila, 56, unresponsive with a head injury. He'd fallen about 30 feet while working on an Interstate 35/80 bridge over the Des Moines River, the Polk County Sheriff''s Office said.
Rivera-Avila, of Altoona, died later at a hospital. He worked for Cramer and Associates in Grimes, authorities said.
Cattle are shown at the Sioux City Stockyards in this 1955 photo.
Sioux City Stockyards circa 1960s
The Sioux City Stockyards, from around 1965.
Stockyards: Horse Barns
This undated photo shows the horse barns located in the Sioux City stockyards.
Auctioneer Duane Rus
Auctioneer Duane Rus, of Rock Valley, Iowa, points to a bidder while conducting and auction, March 4, 2002, at the Sioux City Stock Yards. The stockyards once labeled the world's largest will close April 1 and an Omaha-based developer will begin construction soon after that on an $11 million, 111,000-square-foot Home Depot and garden center.
The cattle pens at the Sioux City Stockyards are shown in 1968.
Livestock Exchange Building
The market board in the lobby of the Livestock Exchange Building in the Sioux City Stockyards is shown Jan. 25, 1970. The Journal had a news bureau in the building.
Covered cattle division
The covered cattle division is snown in this 1975 photo at the Sioux City Stockyards. Photo by Larry Myhre
Cattle pens 1968
Many of the cattle purchased in these pens as feeders return from feed lots to be sold here as slaughter cattle. Sioux City's slaughter capacity has shown steady increases through the years as packing plants shift from meat processing to carcass selling.
Aerial view of stockyards
Aerial of Sioux City Stockyards taken Aug. 27, 1972.
1990s aerial view
This 1991 aerial photo shows the Sioux City Stockyards.
Lawrence V. Kuhl, left, general manager of the Stock Yards Co., and John Peterson, publicity director, were said to be optimistic about the future of the livestock industry in Sioux City. The 1967 saleable receipts totaled 3,360,742 head of livestock as reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's market news service.
Members of the Local 176 union strike outside the Sioux City Stockyards November 22, 1971.
Sioux Quality Packers Inc.
Sioux Quality Packers Inc. is shown January 25, 1970.
Bob Dole at stockyards
Sen. Robert Dole, Republican vice-presidential candidate, admires a driver's whip presented to him by Van Kuhl (right) President of the Sioux City Stockyards. Dole made an early morning tour of the stockyards during his campaign swing through Iowa in Sioux City on Oct. 18, 1976.
Undated Sioux City Stockyards logo.
Undated Sioux City Stockyards logo.
Stockyards: Belt Buckle
A Sioux City Stockyards belt buckle from mid 1970s. Photo by Jolene Stevens.
Stockyards in 1904
This April 1904 photo show the Sioux City Stockyards.
A fleet of trucks, tractors and manure loaders that move the many hundreds of tons of manure from the yards is shown in this undated photo. Before machinery, all of this was done by horse and wagon, pitchfork and scoop.
This undated photo shows the manure pile at the Sioux City stockyards.
Workers unload hay for livestock at the stockyards in this March 11, 1947 photo.
Cudahy Packing Co.
The Sioux City stockyards and Cudahy Packing Co. are shown. It totaled 80 acres.
The Armour Packing Plant is shown in the 1930s. It was one of Sioux City's largest employers. The plant was located at 1004 S. Chambers St., known as 1004 Cunningham Drive today.
"December Morn,"shown in this Dec. 9, 1964 photo, models her weathered and bumpy complexion to those who care to stop and gaze at her battered body in the Stockyards. She stands, surrounded by weeks and debris -- and snow, too -- seemingly watched over the parking lot between the old Cudahy and Armour plant sites. It is believed she has stood her guard since about 1927 or 1928.
John F. Kennedy at the stockyards
John F. Kennedy campaigns for president at the Sioux City stockyards on Sept. 22, 1960.
A 1960s photo of the Sioux City stockyards shows a view of the massive number of animal pens. It ranked as the third largest stockyards in the United States, according to a 1964 Journal article.
Floyd City map
A map of Sioux City shows Floyd City as a real estate subdivision where the south bottoms and stockyards were eventually built. The area was platted between 1875 and 1881. Residents in 1888 complained that the sewer construction was poor.
Swift packing plant
The Swift packing plant, located in the Sioux City stockyards, is shown underwater in the Floyd river flood of 1926.
Stockyards flood 1953
Cattle battle the rising water in the Stockyards area in the 1953 Floyd river floods.
Stockyards aerial view flood 1953
Aerial views of Sioux City show flood water covered much of the yards area in 1953.
Sioux City Stockyards 1915
Trucks dock at the Sioux City Stockyards in 1915. In December 1914, a restriction impacting local livestock markets was lifted on a foot and mouth disease quarantine.
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