Construction worker dies while working on SORCC renovation

A White City man died this week while working on a construction site at the Department of Veterans Affairs' Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics in White City.

The man's name has not yet been released, but his age was 42, said Charles Ragan, president of Vancouver, Wash.-based construction company Global Pacific Environmental, for whom the man was a construction supervisor.

"Our preliminary description was that he was pinned to a wall by a dump truck," said Melanie Mesaros, a spokesperson for Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is investigating the incident.

The incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mesaros said.

Global Pacific Environmental is working under contract for Texas-based Burton Construction Inc., which won a bid to renovate Building 201 of the facility.

A manager with Burton Construction, who wished to remain anonymous, said the accident "wasn't a truck rollover, but it was involving a moving vehicle."

No one else was injured in the incident, Ragan said.

— Sam Wheeler

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