A City of Savannah, Georgia man was killed when a piece of heavy equipment ran him over, Savannah police reported.
City Manager Rob Hernandez listed the incident as a work-related accident. The deceased, Peter Solomon, 62, was an employee for the Public Works and Water Resources. The incident remains under investigation.
According to a preliminary report, a person who witnessed the accident said Solomon was pressure washing a motor grader, which is a construction machine with a long blade used to create a flat surface during the grading process. The grader started to move and then rolled over Solomon. The witness ran and jumped on the grader to turn it off before finding Solomon on the ground, not breathing. Emergency Medical Services arrived and pronounced him dead at the scene.
“We’ve lost a member of our family, ”Hernandez said. “It’s a tragedy. It’s never something we want to see happen.”
Solomon, an Orlando native, was retired from a Florida municipality and worked with Chatham County for five years before joining the City of Savannah.
One in five worker deaths last year were in construction, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Being struck by an object was the second leading cause of construction worker death, followed by falls. Electrocutions and caught-in/between round out OSHA’s so-falled “Fatal Four” list among construction workers. “Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 582 workers’ lives in America every year,” OSHA said.