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ACSO: Work-related accident claims life of Russell Co. man

From Sheriff Josh Brockman
Adair County Sheriff's Office

On June 20, 2022, at 12:20pm, Sheriff Josh Brockman was dispatched by Adair County 911 to a report of a male who was unresponsive after being struck by a utility pole. The caller advised that they were out KY 768 east but could not give exact location and contact was lost. 911 Dispatchers were able to ping the phone's location and get responders going in right direction.

Upon Sheriff Brockman's arrival in the area, the work crew was located about 2.6 miles out KY 768 near the KY 92 intersection. Joseph Hayden Robertson, age 22, of Jamestown, was pronounced dead by Adair County EMS.

Preliminary investigation reveals that Robertson was part of a crew working for A&C Communications Corporation, a business out of Cumberland County, KY, that specializes in utilities. The company was working on setting out utility poles to be installed at a later date.

Robertson and another crew memeber were attempting to unload a 30 ft utility pole. The poles vary in size with an approximate weight of 900 lbs to 1200 lbs. During the attempt to unload the pole it got away from them and the pole struck Robertson in the head and chest area, pinning him to the blacktop roadway.

The investigation is ongoing by Sheriff Brockman. He was assisted on scene by Adair County EMS, the Columbia Adair County Fire Department, and Coroner Todd Akin.

This story was posted on 2022-06-21 07:57:33
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