Man killed in construction accident in Eagle Mountain
Story Discussion Daily Herald Thursday, October 1, 2009

EAGLE MOUNTAIN -- A young Utah County man was killed Monday afternoon in a construction accident in Eagle Mountain.

Lt. Mike Brower with the Utah County Sheriff's Office said Josh Parks, 23, was crushed just before 1 p.m. when the construction truck he was driving tipped on its side. Parks was working with Nelson Brothers Construction Company, doing contract work for Eagle Mountain City on the sewage treatment plant, Brower said. He was doing ground work, building a dirt mound for the plant, and driving a compactor truck.

Brower said the cab of the truck was not enclosed, and Parks was thrown from the cab when the vehicle tipped over. The truck landed on top of Parks on his upper torso area, killing him.

"Emergency personnel got out there and couldn't find any vitals," Brower said.

Several workers were at the same site as Parks about 100-200 yards away when the accident happened. Brower said one of the workers saw smoke coming up from the truck and rushed to help.

"They were able to get another construction vehicle to lift the one up off of him," he said.

There were no immediate signs of trouble with the vehicle that might have caused the accident. Brower said the medical examiner responded to the scene, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be conducting an investigation of its own because the accident happened on a job site.

Brower said Parks was from Utah County, living in different places around the Springville and Orem areas. He worked for Nelson Brothers for about six to eight months before the accident.