Alaskan welder knocked in the head by 3,000-pound bucket

Legal news for Alaska employment attorneys. A welder was killed while doing routine maintenance work.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) alerts Alaska employment lawyer- A workplace accident killed a welder after a front-end loader bucket fell.

Kenai Peninsula, AK—A 29-year-old welder was killed after a bucket on a front-end loader crushed him on Thursday, January 21, 2010, while he was working on the rig in Anchor Point. Alaska State Troopers arrived at the scene around 2:46 p.m., as reported by the Anchorage Daily News.

Josiah Tholberg, 29, was reportedly doing some welding work on the bucket of a front-end loader, when the heavy-duty piece of machinery fell on top of him. A co-worker at East Road Services reportedly found Tholberg and immediately called 911 for help. Responding emergency medical services (EMS) teams rushed to the scene and began to administer CPR on Tholberg as they were transporting him to meet a LifeMed helicopter from Soldotna. Tholberg was unfortunately pronounced dead at 4:00, but medics still continued to transport his body to South Peninsula Hospital. The bucket that fell on top of Tholberg reportedly weighed approximately 3,000 pounds. Tholberg was apparently only doing routine off-season maintenance work, as he was prepping the equipment for the next summer. Alaska Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials are investigating the fatal workplace accident. Troopers said it appeared to be an accident, but an investigation is on going.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Alaska employment lawyers.