Friday, January 27, 2006
Roller In Fatality Recalled In 2005
Journal Staff Report
The asphalt roller involved in a fatal construction accident last week in Albuquerque was recalled in 2005 because it could fail to respond to drive commands.
Adam Rankin, a New Mexico Environment Department spokesman, said he is aware of the recall notice.
"It is one of the things our investigators are looking at among other things as part of the investigation," Rankin said.
Twin Mountain Construction worker Melvin Lucero, 52, died after the roller went over a wall and fell more than 20 feet from an off-ramp at the Coors and Interstate 40 interchange construction site at about 3 a.m. Jan. 17.
Rankin said it takes time to compile reports and for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to conduct its investigation.
Michelle Halstead, Twin Mountain Construction public information officer, said this is an ongoing investigation.
"It would be inappropriate for us to speculate or comment at this time," Halstead said.
Rankin said he could not confirm whether or not the company had the recall work done on the roller.
"I really cannot say much more until the investigation is complete," he said.