Man crushed under thousands of pounds of glass dies

A man was transported to a hospital facility via Life Flight following an industrial accident in which witnesses said several tons of glass had fallen on top of him at Viracon, an architectural glass production facility located at 1586 E. Venture Drive, St. George, Utah, Oct. 5, 2016 | Photo by Mike Cole, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A truck driver who was critically injured Wednesday morning while unloading a shipment of glass to the Viracon facility in St. George has died.

Errick Holmes, 48, of Long Beach, California, was unstrapping a delivery of glass on a loading deck at Viracon, an architectural glass production facility, when the glass shifted, toppled and trapped him under tons of broken glass, St. George Fire Capt. Rick Nelson said.

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After some time, emergency crews and Viracon personnel were able to get the man out from underneath the shattered glass and initiate CPR, Nelson said.

Holmes was then flown by Life Flight to Dixie Regional Medical Center in critical condition, but did not survive his injuries, Terri Draper, Communications Director for Intermountain Healthcare, confirmed Friday.

According to a report released in 2015 by the U.S. Department of Labor, over 4,600 fatal work-related injuries were reported in 2014. Nearly 1,300 of those deaths were reported in “transportation and material moving occupations.”

Additionally, 24 percent of the fatalities within this group occurred when workers were struck by falling objects or equipment.

In Utah, 54 people were killed in work-related accidents in 2014; 22 people were killed in transportation occupations and 12 others in accidents involving falling objects or equipment.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or first responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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