UPDATE: A 22-year-old construction worker was killed by a drill bit after he ended up in a hole at a Texas work site, according to local news outlets. Authorities said his grandfather was operating the drill.
“We had a drilling operator that appears to have been drilling a hole for construction and he had his 22-year-old grandson with him and, at some point, the grandson either fell in - we don’t know how he got in the hole - but he ended up going in the hole and he was killed almost instantly,” Constable Mark Herman told KPRC.
They were working as independent contractors when the Oct. 5 accident occurred, KHOU reported.
“When you get a call like this it just tears at your heart, I mean I went back out there just to get a feel for the scene itself,” Herman told the outlet. “It’s something you never want to see.”
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating alongside local authorities, according to KTRK.
The original story is below.
A construction worker died when he fell into a hole at work, and Texas officials called the incident a “tragic” industrial accident.
The Spring Fire Department’s Rescue Team and other first responders were called to the warehouse construction site the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 5, according to a Facebook post from the department.
Rescuers were trying to shore up the collapsed hole so they could recover the worker’s body as of 1 p.m., officials said.
The Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office said the man was found in a trench, unresponsive, when deputies arrived, according to KTRK. He was in his 20s.
No other injuries were reported.