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Family Blames Construction Company for Man’s Death

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

The family of a Newport News man killed by a bulldozer while on the job is blaming a construction company for the man’s death, citing faulty equipment.

About the Fatal Newport Construction Accident

According to the Virginian-Pilot, Brandon Peterson, 23, was killed Saturday after he crushed between two pieces of equipment at a Virginia Beach construction site. Brandon’s family is now blaming a Virginia Beach construction company the Miller Group, for his death.

Brandon’s brother, Reginald Peterson, was also working at the site on Saturday, when he says the roller that his brother was operating failed to start.

It was at this point, Reginald claims, that his brother got off of the roller in an attempt to jump start it and move it out of the way of an oncoming bulldozer.

Reginald states that his brother dropped a screwdriver, bent down to pick it up, and the man operating the bulldozer lost sight of him. Brandon was then stuck by the bulldozer and killed.

Brother Claims Roller Had Faulty Starter

Reginald told reporters that his brother would be alive had the faulty starter in the roller been fixed.

According to Reginald, supervisors with M&W Construction, a company that operates directly under the Miller Group, knew about the problem for weeks, but failed to address it.

The president of the Miller Group, Tim Harkins, confirmed with WTKR that there was a problem with the starter on the roller, but claimed he did not know how long the company had been aware of the issue.

Records obtained from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) showed that M&W Construction has a history of violations regarding material handling and excavation regulations. OSHA is currently investigating the incident.


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