POSTED: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 5:10pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 1:46am
Smith County, Texas (KETK) —
One person is dead after the industrial vehicle he was riding fell into a hole at Tyler Pipe.
Contracted worker, Joel DeLeon, was killed when he backed his Bobcat vehicle into a hole shortly after 8:00 a.m., Wednesday morning.
A statement was released by attorney Don Tomlinson on behalf of D.H. Griffin of Texas, Inc., the company that employed DeLeon, concering the jobsite accident:
John F. Angelina, president of D.H. Griffin of Texas, Inc., a demolition company headquartered in Houston, wishes to express his personal sympathies and those of everyone in the company concerning the accidental death of long-time employee Joel DeLeon while working on a demolition jobsite in Tyler, Texas. Griffin is cooperating with local law enforcement officials and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials at the site. Griffin has been working in Tyler for approximately the past six months demolishing the Tyler South Ductile Iron Fittings plant at 11910 County Road 492. The facility is owned by McWane, Inc., of Birmingham, Alabama. Until an investigation has been completed, Griffin will have no statement on the cause of the accident.
Mr. DeLeon had been working for Griffin at various demolition worksites for nine years and was a valued employee. Of Mr. DeLeon, Angelina said: “I cannot even begin to express how saddened I am by this horrible tragedy. Joel had been with us for a long time. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife and children and his whole family. Our entire company is grieving over Joel’s death.”
Griffin has one of the better job-safety reputations in the demolition industry, having won numerous national and international awards over its 19 years of existence. Prior to this event, Griffin had gone more than 5,500 workdays without a loss-time injury.
DeLeon was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace James Cowart.