Union County Sheriff’s Office investigating fatal accident at construction site

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A Westerville man is dead after a construction accident on Hyland Croy Road between Plain City and Dublin.

On Thursday, September 20 at approximately 9:03am, the Union County Sheriff’s Office responded to an emergency call reporting an injury at a construction site in the 7000 block of Hyland Croy Road.

Union County Deputies and Jerome Township Fire Department medics were dispatched to the scene. 

Investigators say that Rodney Hickman, 53, of Westerville was struck by lumber that had fallen off a skid steer.

Police say that a public safety officer assigned to Jerome Township was on the scene within two minutes and began to care for Hickman. Hickman was transported to Riverside Methodist Hospital but later died as a result of his injuries.

Representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were called to the scene. Investigators say that several straps on a lumber bundle containing approximately 105 boards failed while being lifted by a skid steer.  An unknown number of 1x8x16 treated poplar boards struck the victim in the head and chest. 

The incident remains under investigation by Union County Sheriffs Office and OSHA.

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