31-Year-Old Man Killed in Petaluma Workplace Accident at Silo along Petaluma River
Petaluma, California (January 5, 2020) – A worker died after a conveyor system collapsed on him at a Northern California dredging company in Petaluma Friday, according to a local news source.
The incident happened at an old silo along the Petaluma River Friday, January 3.
Fire crews were dispatched to the scene after kayakers reported seeing a large metal tower fall and heard someone screaming for help.
First responders arrived at the crash site and they found a 31-year-old man trapped beneath a heavy heap of metal on the top of the silo.
The man was freed and transported to a hospital, where he later succumbed to significant chest injuries.
Authorities said the man was using a cutting torch to dismantle a heavy metal casing for a conveyor motor when the entire system collapsed on him.
The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident.