Worker dies in Calera construction site accident

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

CALERA, OK -- An accident at a Calera construction site Wednesday morning has left one worker dead.

The accident happened around 10:30 Wednesday morning at a wastewater treatment facility still under construction. Police say they received a call about an unconscious worker at the job site.

According to other workers, Ricky Drawbaugh, 41, was clearing debris in a trench when they noticed he had fallen over into the water in the trench. When officers arrived, workers had taken the victim to flat land and were performing CPR. Drawbaugh was later pronounced dead.

Assistant chief T.J. White says workers will not be allowed on the job site for now.

The death of a construction worker in Calera is now being handled by the medical examiner. The medical examiner will now decide if an autopsy is necessary. If so, Drawbaugh's body will be taken to Oklahoma City.

At this time, police say Drawbaugh's death appears to be an accident.

Drawbaugh was a native of Ravia, Oklahoma.

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  • by HB Location: Durant on Apr 25, 2008 at 08:05 AM
    Thanks Anonymous. 1926 Subpart F is fire protection and prevention. Anonymous, you must have meant Subpart P - excavations.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 24, 2008 at 02:12 PM
    OSHA will be visiting the worksite. Anytime a single accident causes a fatility or injures 3 or more people, OHSA is required to investigate. There is a difference between a trench and a confined space. A confined space does require air monitoring along with many other safety procedures. (OSHA Standard 1910.149) Trenches are completely different standard.(OSHA Standard 1926 Subpart F)
  • by HB Location: Durant on Apr 24, 2008 at 07:24 AM
    The first comment is right. They should perform an autopsy because he may have died from asphyxiation from a gas entering the trench. Depending on the depth of the trench, there could be confined space entry requirements which include air monitoring.
  • by Me Location: Here on Apr 24, 2008 at 05:49 AM
    Looks like OSHA will be making a visit to Calera.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 24, 2008 at 05:31 AM
    Hey I know T.J White!! Hes my ex's bestfriend!
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