Alan Jackson Pevely Missouri construction worker killed after forklift falls 75ft from bridge. Had been planning on retiring this year after 30 year career. Cause of accident unknown.
A Missouri construction foreman has died after the forklift he was commandeering fell 75ft below off a bridge, officials said.
Alan Jackson, 59, of Pevely, died Tuesday while working on the Blanchette Memorial Bridge. The man who according to relatives who had worked for his employer for over 30 years had been planning on retiring later this year.
‘He was in this piece of equipment and removing construction decking from underneath the bridge, and the weight shifted and the equipment fell off the bridge,’ Cpl. Dallas Thompson told the media outlet.
The machinery, identified by KTVI as a telescopic forklift, plummeted onto a sand embankment, where rescuers performed CPR on Jackson, who was later pronounced dead at a hospital, Thompson said.
Jackson worked for St. Louis’ KCI Construction Company, which won a $33 million contract in January to rehab the bridge, which spans the Missouri River between St. Louis and St. Charles counties, the Post-Dispatch reported.
Relatives told the Post-Dispatch that Jackson — a former Marine who had worked nearly three decades in construction — was planning to retire this year and travel the country with his wife.
‘He had worked right about 30 years. [He] and my mom were planning to take their camper and travel the United States seeing different sights,’ said Jackson’s son, James.
Jackson is survived by his wife, three children and four grandchildren, the Post-Dispatch reported.
‘Bridge work is dangerous work,’ Thompson told KTVI. ‘Those guys have lots of protocols to go through and safety measures.’
Authorities in St. Charles and St. Louis County were investigating the incident, Thompson told the Post-Dispatch. It remained unclear whether human error or machine culpability was at fault.