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Subcontracted worker dies in fall at Kings Bay

A file photo of the dry dock at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.
A file photo of the dry dock at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. (2015)

A worker died last week at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay after falling from a dry dock, a base spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.

The base spokesperson told News4Jax the unnamed worker, who was employed by a subcontractor hired for work at the dry dock, died of his injuries after suffering the fall sometime Thursday.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which reviews workplace accidents and safety procedures, is investigating the incident.

The base spokesperson declined to release an official statement but said the death appears to be the result of a tragic accident.

It’s unclear how the deadly fall occurred. A representative for ASCR Industrial, the parent of the man’s employer, FD Thomas, said the company is still working to gather details about the incident.

The company released a statement in response to inquires from News4Jax.

“Safety is our top priority,” the statement said. “As such, we paused all work over a three-day period to allow our internal team as well as OSHA to investigate the site, which they deemed safe to resume operations. Furthermore, we have provided grief counseling to our local team to ensure that everyone is able to move forward in a safe working environment.”


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