September 20, 2020

Salt Lake City fleet worker killed in accident

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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City officials are mourning one of their own after a tragic industrial accident killed a member of the city’s fleet team Wednesday afternoon.

City officials announced the death Wednesday afternoon, saying only that the man was “killed in an accident in the line of work,” a press release said.

“We don’t know exactly what happened,” said Salt Lake Police Lt. Mike Hatch. “But he was working on some equipment around 3:15 p.m., and he was injured. He ended up passing away from his injuries.”

Hatch said by the time the man’s co-workers found him, he’d already died. Salt Lake police detective Michael Ruff said the man was working on a garbage truck at the fleet headquarters, 1950 W. 500 South, when he was injured.

Hatch said police were called and are investigating, and there will also be an investigation by the medical examiner and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Officials weren’t releasing the man’s name Wednesday night.

“It’s a restricted area,” he said, noting only employees are allowed in the area where the accident occurred. “They work on all city vehicles there.”

Salt Lake Mayor Erin Mendenhall offered her condolences Wednesday afternoon.

“I’m heartbroken by this news and my thoughts are with the family and friends who lost their loved one today,” she said in a written statement. “Every person who works for Salt Lake City is part of a family. The work our city team does is because we love this city and we want to serve it, and this loss is a tragic one that impacts us all.”

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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