The Columbia area has now had its third construction death within the last month.
The third death came Friday after a worker was electrocuted at a road construction site in the town of Irmo about 10 miles northwest of the Capital City. The Richland County Coroner’s office said the unidentified man was helping with a road project when a dump truck pouring paving asphalt either touched or came close to an overheard power line.
The truck driver was not hurt, but a man standing on the ground nearby was killed.
It is at least the third workplace death in the Columbia area in the past month. Earlier this week, one man was killed after an electrocution incident at a different construction site southeast of the city. The Coroner’s Office has had trouble definitively identifying the victim in that case, who they say was an undocumented worker. However, officials believe the man’s name was Enrique Vazquez and that he was 60 years old.
Last month, a Connecticut man was crushed to death just outside a machinery shop, when he became pinned between a tanker truck and the bed of the truck. That accident occurred at Utility Group, which is also located southeast of the city limits. Investigators say the truck’s hydraulics gave out. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating.