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Family members of Ben Ricks, who is one of the two men killed after falling six stories at a construction site, gathered Monday night to demand answers. Credit: KMOV Family members of Ben Ricks, who is one of the two men killed after falling six stories at a construction site, gathered Monday night to demand answers. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Family members of Ben Ricks, who is one of the two men killed after falling six stories at a construction site, gathered Monday night to demand answers.

Ricks and his coworker Joey Hale were in a basket on Monday, June 4, inside the Old Shoe Company off Washington Avenue when the cable broke and they fell six stories to their deaths.

Ricks' wife stood outside the building a week later, holding a picture of her late-husband before the crowd of family and friends released balloons.

“I’m wondering what happened, but they said it was faulty equipment,” said Ricks’ brother Bennie Ricks.

Bennie Ricks said their family is from generations of construction workers and they know their brother took safety seriously.

“I’m trying to figure out why the harness was hooked to the bucket they were in? My understanding is the harness should be above the bucket so they would be snatched out,” said Ricks.

The family would like to hear from OSHA and the city about what they know about what happened.

“I’m pleading and asking the mayor of the City of St. Louis please don’t forget about the Ricks Family, help us, we would like to call a meeting,” said Ricks’ brother Odessie Ricks.

For now they are left with memories and a lot of questions.

“We know it was a tragedy and we want to know what really happened,” said Ricks’ sister Joan Johnson-Barnett.

An OSHA spokesman said its investigation is open and at most, it will take six months, which is when the statue of limitations runs out.

A City of St. Louis spokesman said it chose to do its own investigation because they want to make sure nothing like this ever happens again.

The mayor is expecting a report back from the city investigators in 60 days which would be in early August.

Ben Ricks funeral is set for Thursday, June 14, at Layne Normandy Chapel in Normandy.

His interment with military honors will take place at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Ricks served in the U.S. Army before he spent years in the construction field.

Ricks leaves behind a wife and five children.

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