Houston & Peach

OSHA confirms its investigation of civilian's death at Robins

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the March 5 death of a contractor employee at Robins Air Force Base.

Mike Wald, an OSHA spokesman in Atlanta, confirmed the agency’s role Friday. Wald said OSHA is involved because the incident appears to be a work-related fatality involving a civilian.

“OSHA would not be investigating if a military person were involved,” he said.

Jacky S. Brown, 47, of Dublin, was killed at an Army Corps of Engineers construction site on base. Base officials said Brown was working in a trench that exposed a chilled water pipe when the pipe burst. Houston County Coroner Danny Galpin said Friday the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.

Wald said the investigation will determine if any OSHA standards were violated. “It is an employer, employee issue,” he said Friday. “The question in this case is who was the employer because the employer is responsible for the health and safety of their workers.”

Brown was identified as the owner of Dublin Mechanical Contractors.

Wald said OSHA has up to six months to complete its investigation.