The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has confirmed it will investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of 41-year-old Michael Snider of Sedalia, Missouri.
A construction worker has been killed near downtown Lincoln after a large piece of rebar fell more than 100 feet and hit him on the head.
The Lincoln Police Department report 41-year-old Michael Snider of Sedalia, Missouri died at the scene.
Lincoln Police Sergeant Ed Sheridan said the department’s investigation into the fatal accident continues.
“They were pouring concrete in a foundation hole, using that huge crane and a piece of rebar, attached to the crane, came loose and fell maybe about 130 feet and hit a construction worker on the top of hardhat,” Sheridan tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Coworkers attempted to revive Snider, but he died before paramedics could arrive on the scene at Antelope Valley Parkway and P Street.
Snider worked for Missouri-based CBS Pilings Solutions, hired by Hausmann Construction of Lincoln to pour the foundation of a private housing development for University of Nebraska students called Aspen Heights.
Sheridan anticipated a federal investigation into the accident.
“We treated it as a crime scene to make sure what we were told is what happened and we determined that is what happened,” Sheridan said. “As far as any OSHA violations or not violations or safety here on the work site, OSHA will probably look at our reports and make a determination.”
OSHA confirmed it will investigate.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the fatality victim,” said Darwin Craig, OSHA’s acting area director in Omaha, in a written statement released by his office. “OSHA will be conducting a thorough investigation with CBS Piling Solutions Inc. to see if any violations of safety procedures contributed to this tragic incident.”