Macon Water Authority employee dies after being injured during water main repair

Macon Water Authority

A Macon Water Authority employee who was gravely injured while repairing a water main early Friday died in a hospital Monday evening.

Jonathan Matthew Wood was pronounced dead from lacerations to the neck at the Medical Center, Navicent Health, shortly before 5 p.m., Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said.

The 35-year-old water line maintenance technician was injured while operating a pipe saw to repair a water main on Bass Road about 3 a.m. Friday, the Macon Water Authority said in a statement that evening.

Wood, from Gordon, was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he died Monday.

“We are heartbroken by this tragedy,” MWA Executive Director and President Tony Rojas said in a statement Monday.

“I’m not sure the public appreciates the nature or danger of some of the work we do, which can be very dangerous. We always stress safety, especially in construction and maintenance,” Rojas said. “Nothing is more devastating than losing a member of our Water Authority family. Our prayers and thoughts are with Jonathan’s family and love ones.”

Wood started working for the authority in February, joining a small team of water line maintenance technicians who often work late at night and early in the morning.

The water authority said it is conducting an investigation into the workplace fatality.