OSHA Looks Into Accidental Death
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has begun an investigation into the death of a man working on a heavy-duty wrecker at J.H. Motors on Sunday. OSHA routinely investigates workplace deaths and employers are required to report deadly incidents within eight hours. J.H. Motors reported the death inside of the required timeframe and is cooperating with the investigation, according to Billings area director Art Hazen.
On Tuesday, the man killed in an apparent workplace accident was identified as 64-year-old Robert Bruce Johnson of Billings. Johnson was working on the wrecker when a possible mechanical failure caused the raised cab to fall on him. His body was discovered Monday morning and an initial Billings Police investigation found the death to be accidental. Hazen said that there’s a series of events that usually lead up to something like this and OSHA is required to complete the investigation within six months.