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Family of man who died in elevator shaft accident demands answers

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Family members of a man who died while working inside a downtown building contacted News 4 hoping for answers.

Jared Edwards says his brother Joey Hale was "hard working, he (Hale) started in construction at 14." 

It's been more than two weeks since the mid-day accident claimed the lives of Hale, and another man named Ben Ricks. Both men were in a basket cutting pipe when something went wrong causing them to fall six floors to their deaths. 

According to O.S.H.A  the investigation is ongoing, and could take six months.

A representative with the mayor's office tells News 4 they are also investigating the workplace accident, and expect answers by early August. 

Edwards says Hale's son hasn't had any recent contact from Hale's employer. 

News 4 also spoke with Hale's son, Joey Hale Jr, who's also frustrated over a lack of information. Hale and Ricks were both working for World Wrecking, a subcontractor of Gen Corp. 

Edwards said, "I don't want his death to be swept underneath the rug." He added, "I want in a righteous and just way for his death not to be in vain. I want them to take some accountability for the death of my brother."

On Wednesday morning Edwards said litigation hasn't been filed, but says a lawsuit will be filed once the family knows who's responsible for Hale's death. 

News 4 reached out to Gen Corp along with World Wrecking, but did not hear back. 

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