A worker was crushed to death Wednesday by a piece of heavy metal in an industrial accident at an asphalt plant in the 1100 block of “M” Street, said Waycross Police Chief Tony Tanner.
Javier Avalos Jr., 39, of Douglas, was pronounced dead about 8:30 a.m. at the accident site by Coroner Atha Lucas, Tanner said. He said Avalos was making welding repairs to a silo when he was killed.
“We were called about a person being injured in an industrial accident about 8:30 Wednesday morning,” said Tanner. “He was welding on a silo when the safety equipment failed and he was crushed.”
Tanner said Avalos was about 20 feet from the ground cutting a piece of material from the silo when the accident occurred.
“The Waycross Fire Department and Ware County EMS also responded in case of entrapment, but when we got there, his co-workers had already got him down,” said Tanner.
At the time of the accident, there were three other co-workers at the site and one person in the tower, Tanner said.
“He (Avalos) was standing in a ‘skid steer bobcat’ that was fully extended,” Tanner said. “It was right about 20 feet up, I’d say.”
Tanner said OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) was notified and are investigating the accident.
Tanner said the plant, East Coast Asphalt, was closed while emergency workers were on the scene. He said he did not have information on whether the plant remained closed or if production had renewed.
Ware County Emergency Medical Service technicians took Avalos’s body to the morgue at Mayo Clinic Health System here.