Machine operator accidentally kills grandson at Houston area construction site, police say

Grandfather was drilling a hole and didn’t realize his grandson was inside

Spring Fire’s Rescue Team, assisted by firefighters from Spring and The Woodlands are shoring up a collapsed hole. (Spring Fire Department)

SPRING, Texas – An investigation is underway after a grandfather accidentally killed his grandson at a construction site in Spring on Wednesday morning.

According to the Spring Fire Department, the 22-year-old construction worker died at a site located near I-45 North and Grand Parkway, north of Houston in Spring.

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“We had a drilling operator that appears to have been drilling a hole for construction and he had his 22-year-old grandson with him and, at some point, the grandson either fell in - we don’t know how he got in the hole - but he ended up going in the hole and he was killed almost instantly,” Constable Mark Herman told KSAT sister station KPRC.

Investigators determined that the grandfather, a machine operator, was using a boring bit to drill a hole and was unaware that anyone was in the hole at the time.

Herman told KPRC that the grandfather and grandson were working together as independent contractors for a company named Groundhog Foundation Drilling.

“I don’t want to get into the logistics of it, but the drill ended up killing him,” Herman said. “It’s very tragic and appears to be an accident.”

The identities of the grandfather and grandson have not been released.

Spring Fire’s Rescue Team, assisted by firefighters from Spring and The Woodlands, worked Wednesday to shore up the hole to recover the body of the victim.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials are also investigating.

Original: Emergency crews working to recover body after construction worker falls into hole near Houston

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