OSHA has opened an investigation into the death of a painter who had been working on a project in the West End of Galveston, Texas, the agency said.
Eric Sanchez, 35, was pronounced dead at 4:20 a.m. Dec. 14 at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, according to news reports in the local Galveston media. Sanchez was reportedly using a one-arm hydraulic lift while painting a building at the Pointe West subdivision when he became wedged between the bucket lift’s railing and a corner of the building, a fire official said.
Co-workers found Sanchez, lowered him to the ground and called for help. Firefighters found him barely breathing but maintaining a pulse. Sanchez was taken by ambulance to the medical branch, where he was admitted in critical condition, according to news reports.
Sanchez was working for Bob Davis Paint & Construction, a company that was hired by the homeowners association at the Villas at Pointe West, a spokesman for the association said.
Elizabeth Todd, a spokeswoman for OSHA’s Region 6 office, said Friday that the agency had opened an investigation into the accident, although she declined to provide additional information on the case, including the location, owners of the buildings where Sanchez was working, his employers, or other details.
Todd said the investigation could take as long as several months, and would involve interviews with other employees and an examination of equipment and the jobsite area for any potential hazards.