UPDATED: Man killed by front-end loader Wednesday morning at work site

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 01:58 PM.

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.

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