March 13, 2012
The Austin Metro Police Department (AMPD) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are continuing their investigation into the mysterious death of an Austin Water Utility worker who was killed in an on-the-job accident two weeks ago. According to reports from YNN News, the accident occurred March 2 at 3 p.m. on Barton Hills Drive, near Farnswood Circle.
A spokesman for Austin Water Utilities, Jason Hill, said that the 51-year-old worker—a 22 year veteran of the department—was in the area replacing and updating service lines to neighborhood homes when the accident occurred. The only other details being released specify that the accident involved a backhoe at the worksite.
The worker was laid to rest on Friday while investigators still work to iron out the details of what happened that afternoon. Hill stated that, in the meantime, the AMPD’s main priority now is to console and comfort the family of the victim and other workers who knew him as well.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, operating heavy construction equipment can be dangerous, and workers in this occupation incur injuries and illnesses at a higher-than-average rate.
The Austin Wrongful Death Lawyers with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers would like to send their thoughts and condolences to the family of the victim who tragically died. The firm would also like to send their thoughts to the victim’s numerous co-workers who knew him as well.