Friday, February 24, 2017

ANOTHER BACKOVER DEATH: A 69-year-old construction worker with Nitz Construction was crushed to death by a backing gravel truck at a construction site adjacent to LifeChurch Assembly of God in Williston, ND


A 69-year-old construction worker died Wednesday morning as a result of an accident at a work site in Williston.

The man, whose identity is not being released until his extended family has been notified, suffered multiple injuries after he was hit by a gravel truck at a site near the intersection of 26th Street West and 18th Street West.

He was pronounced dead a short time later at CHI St. Alexius Health Medical Center in Williston.

The man was on foot at a construction site adjacent to LifeChurch Assembly of God when the truck backed into him around 8:45 a.m., according to police.

He was working on the site of a planned expansion of the church and its parking lot, according to Williston’s Department of Building Safety.

A statement is expected from Nitz Construction, the firm overseeing the project, a construction superintendent said, but it had not been released by late Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for the man’s employer, Sundre Sand and Gravel, said the company had no comment.

There are no charges pending, but an investigation is ongoing, Lt. Detective Amy Nickoloff of the Williston Police Department said.

A call made to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was not returned by late Wednesday, although the organization has told at least one company involved that it will begin an investigation on Thursday.