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Milton-Madison Bridge worker dies following injury at job site

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By DAVE TAYLOR

Landmark News Service

A construction worker injured last week at the Milton-Madison Bridge has died, according to Greg Prince, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Seymour Division.

Roger Lee Cox, 50, of Austin, Ind., was taken off life support on Thursday, May 3 and was pronounced dead at 5:45 p.m., Prince said.

“We still don’t know the cause of death,” Prince said. “The only thing we know for sure is that he was found unconscious at the work site.”

Cox, employed by Walsh Construction Co., the contractor for the replacement of the Milton-Madison Bridge, was found unresponsive Monday in a lift basket while working near the temporary ramp in Madison. He was taken to King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison and transferred by helicopter to University Hospital in Louisville.

Work at the site was halted following the incident but resumed on the following day. An investigation is being conducted by Walsh Construction Co. and the Indiana Occupational Safety and Hazard Agency, Prince said.

“I can confirm that the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the fatal accident at the Madison bridge site on April 30,” Robert E. Dittmer, APR Director of Public Relations for the Indiana Department of Revenue and Indiana Department of Labor, said in an email Monday. “Investigators have already been on the scene conducting their investigation. I cannot confirm any details at this time.”

“Walsh is in full cooperation with IOSHA,” Prince said. “My understanding is that IOSHA has been conducting interviews with other people who were working close to the victim to learn what they may have seen or heard. They have also been inspecting equipment at the site.”

Until the investigation is complete and details of the incident and injuries sustained are released by the investigating parties, “I can’t speculate on what might have happened,” Prince said.

IOSHA investigations are required by state law when the death of an employee occurs on the job, Dittmer said. IOSHA investigations usually take 2-3 months, but there is a statutory requirement to complete all investigations within six months of the incident.