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Company, outside agency investigating accident that killed employee Thursday Company president expresses condolences for Kevin Meyer's death

Mary Lisa Boose • Jun 25, 2010 at 6:45 PM

While Lake Erie Construction is conducting an internal investigation into employee Kevin Meyer's death, the company has called a federal agency to conduct its own investigation, company president Dave Bleile said.

Kevin Meyer, 26, of Grove City and originally from Bellevue, was killed when the boom of the company's drill/driver guardrail truck came close enough to an overhead electric service line crossing the road, to allow the electricity to arc to the boom coming down through the truck. Meyer was next to the truck helping to pull out old guardrail posts. He was electrocuted when he came in contact with the equipment.

The accident occurred about 3 p.m. Thursday.

"As we continue our internal investigation into the cause of this accident, we have also contacted OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) for their investigation," Bleile said.

He said Meyer was a good, popular employee.

"Kevin was an intelligent, hard working young man who took a great deal of pride in his work," Bleile said. "All of us at Lake Erie Construction are devastated by the tragic loss, especially those of us who were fortunate enough to work with Kevin in his five years here at Lake Erie Construction.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to Kevin's wife, Julie, his parents, Marlene and Ray, his brother and sister and their entire family."

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