Kent County Road Commission Foreman Dies in Construction Accident
42-year-old Tim Dougherty, a foreman for the Kent County Road Commission, has died in a tragic construction accident. At about 8:00 AM on the morning of September 8th, Dougherty was struck by a motor grader being driven by a fellow road worker. The accident happened along the 61000 block of Alaska Avenue in Caledonia Township, MI, which is in the process of being reconstructed. Many details of the accident are still unclear at this time, but the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health administration (MIOSHA) is investigating the accident.
Dougherty had been an employee of the Kent County Road Commission for 19 years and those who knew and worked with him remember him as a dedicated, hard-working, and enthusiastic about his job. Kent County Road Commission Managing Director Steve Warren issued the following statement:
“First and foremost, we extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Tim Dougherty, a highly valued and long-term employee of the Kent County Road Commission; he will be greatly missed by us all. We are cooperating with MIOSHA and the Kent County Sheriff’s Department as investigations are being conducted to analyze the circumstances around this extremely unfortunate incident.” (Source)
Working in construction and around heavy equipment can be incredibly dangerous, even for experienced workers like Dougherty. Because construction jobs can be risky, proper procedures and regulations must be followed to avoid accidents. We will continue to follow the details of this tragic incident. Our deepest condolences go out to Dougherty’s family.