A 54-year-old Atlanta man was killed Wednesday morning when he was run over by a front-end loader at a construction site in South Walton County.
The accident that killed Moises Orella Ramos occurred at 6:45 a.m. on an access drive to Topsail Apartments on Dune Lake Circle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Freeport resident Iran C. Covarrubias, 25, was operating a 2005 John Deere L22 Loader at the site when Ramos walked in front of it and was run over, according to a news release from the FHP. He was pronounced dead at the scene by rescuers from the South Walton Fire District.
Crews have been working on the $23 million apartment complex since October 2012. The apartments are being built by Dominion Partners of Birmingham, Ala.
Al Worthington, CEO of Dominion Partners, said he believes Ramos was working as a carpenter. He said the construction crew was subcontracted to Multicon Construction of Atlanta.
“Obviously, we are all very saddened,” Worthington said. “I’m not sure exactly what happened. Everyone there is doing everything they can to make it a safe site. It appears to be somewhat of a freak accident.”
Worthington did not know whether Ramos' death will halt construction, but said there likely will be additional precautions put in place and more safety inspections.
Jeff Romeo, acting director with the Jacksonville area office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said OSHA had been contacted about the accident and an inspector had responded to begin an investigation.
Employers are required to report an accidental death within eight hours, Romeo said. The OSHA investigator will review what happened, how it happened and whether safety hazards were involved.
Responsible parties could be subject to a citation from OSHA. Romeo said the investigation could take up to six months.
A 54-year-old Atlanta man was killed Wednesday morning after he was run over by a front-end loader in a construction zone at Topsail Apartments on Dune Lake Circle.
The accident happened at 6:45 a.m. on a paved portion access driveway to the complex, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, who is investigating the crash. The man’s identity is pending next-of-kin notification.
Freeport resident Iran C. Covarrubias, 25, was driving a 2005 John Deere L22 Loader at the multi-million dollar apartment complex, which is near the intersection of U.S. Highway 98 and Hewitt Road, according to the FHP press release.
Covarrubias turned the front-end loader north onto the driveway when the man, described as a Hispanic male, walked in front of the vehicle, the release said.
The front left tire of the front-end loader hit the man causing him to fall to the ground and the loader’s tire then ran over the man. He was pronounced dead at the scene by South Walton Fire District.
Jeff Romeo, acting director with the Jacksonville area Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said OSHA was contacted early Wednesday about the accident. He said an official with the Department of Labor division will be at the scene later today to conduct an investigation.
“Right now what was reported to us is that an employee for somebody was killed on the job site,” Romeo said. “We do not know who that employer is right now.”
Employers are required to report an accident of death within eight hours of it occurring, Romeo said. The OSHA investigator in this case will investigate what happened, how it happened and whether safety hazards were involved.
Responsible parties could be subject to a citation from OSHA. The investigation, Romeo said could take up to six months to complete.
Crews have been working on a $23 million apartment complex since early October 2012. The complex is being built by Birmingham, Ala.-based Dominion Partners.
Calls to Dominion Partners on Wednesday morning were not answered.