Workplace death: 22-year-old man dies in collapsed hole at Spring warehouse construction site

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Construction worker dies in drilling hole at Spring warehouse
The 22-year-old man died inside a drilling hole in what authorities call a "tragic accident." His grandfather was operating the drilling equipment at the time.

SPRING, Texas (KTRK) -- A 22-year-old man died in what authorities call a "tragic accident" at a warehouse construction site off of the I-45 feeder road near the Grand Parkway in Spring.

The industrial accident happened shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday. Authorities from the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office were called to investigate along with OSHA.

The 22-year-old Hispanic man, whose name has not been publicly released, was found unresponsive inside a drilling hole and pronounced dead on the scene. Law enforcement believes he was killed by the drill bit.

His grandfather was operating the drilling equipment at the time. Law enforcement said it is unclear how the young man wound up inside the hole.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration told ABC13 in a statement that the company involved is Groundhog Foundation Drilling. They are said to be a sub of subcontractor DMAC Construction, which general contractor Rosenberger Construction hired.

It is unclear if both the grandfather and the victim worked for Groundhog Foundation Drilling. ABC13 reached out to the companies for comment but has not heard back.

Spring Fire's Rescue Team, assisted by firefighters from Spring and The Woodlands, worked to shore up the collapsed hole so they could recover the worker's body.

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