Big Lake man dies in cabin construction accident

Published 9:17 am Monday, August 19, 2013

HIBBING — A Big Lake man has died in a construction accident at a cabin near Hibbing.

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said it received a report shortly before 5:30 p.m. Saturday of a person trapped beneath a building in Lavell Township, about 15 miles southeast of Hibbing in northeastern Minnesota.

Sgt. James McKenzie says several people were trying to fix the foundation to make it level when a beam collapsed, trapping 45-year-old Randy Sayler beneath the cabin.

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An arriving officer was able to extricate Sayler by cutting a hole in the floor of the cabin, but Sayler died at the scene.