OSHA: Worker dies in accident at construction site in N. Portland

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A worker died in an accident at a construction site in north Portland on Friday, according to Oregon OSHA.

An Occupational Safety and Health Administration spokesperson said they are investigating the incident near North Mississippi Avenue and Failing Street as an accident.

Emergency crews responded to the scene around 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Police said the preliminary investigation showed a man died at the construction site and foul play was not believed to be involved.

Witnesses told FOX 12 that a heavy piece of equipment fell onto a man and killed him.

Kay Newell is the owner of Sunlan Lighting. She says one of her employees heard screams and ran outside to see what had happened.

“He was crushed. So his death was very quick apparently. He was working on a machine to drill the foundation. Somehow he got between the cab and a piece of the equipment, it backed into him and crushed him,” said Newell. "When we lose a young person without cause or rhyme or reason, it hurts. Our hearts bleed or tears flow, for the loss of the loved one."

No further details were immediately released.

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