Posted by Tom L on August 26, 1999 at 21:50:40:
The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) has opened a formal investigation into last weeks fatal industrial accident
that claimed the life of a Scappoose man at a site where a natural gas transmission line was being installed near Vernonia
The worker (I will not mention the name of the worker due to respect for him and his family), was killed early thursday morning
when a piece of construction equipment fell on him crushing him to death. The accident occured on a main private logging road off Highway 47 near Big Eddy Park.
Rockford Construction is under contract by Northwest Natural Gas to install a natural gas transmission line between the Mist gas storage fields and a main gas distrubuition
system in North Plains. A spokesman for Oregon OSHA said the worker was employed for Rockford for only a couple of weeks, His job duties were described as a "Helper".
According to OSHA the worker stepped out of a vehicle to adjust a boom that was being used to install a 60-foot long section of pipe when the boom collapsed and fell on top of the worker.
The OSHA spokesman said Monday he was uncertain how long the Investigation would take, By law the agency has six months to complete its investigation.
In addition to OSHA, The Columbia County Sheriff's office also is investigating the accident. One deputy said such an Investigation is routine when a death occurs in an
indusrtial accident. The findings of OSHA and the sheriff's investigation will be forwarded to the District Attorneys office for review. Even before thursdays accident
OSHA said Rockford had come to the attention of OSHA inspectors as a result of a complaint filed with the agency about the pipeline construction site. OSHA opended
an investigation of the same worksite on July 20 1999.
Company officials could not be reached for comment as of late Monday.
The worker who lost his life was only 20 years old.
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