Saw Accident Slices Neck of Indiana Worker
According to The Indy News Channel, Police said a construction worker died Friday at an Indiana High School when a power saw he had been using to cut pipe accidentally hit him in the neck.
James Mendenhall, 39, of Indianapolis, was in an 8-foot trench slicing an old water pipe around 8:30 a.m. when the saw kicked back and cut him, the Hendricks County Sheriff's Department said.
Hendricks County sheriff's Lt. Jim Yetter said Mendenhall pulled himself out of the trench but then collapsed a few feet away. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim was an employee of Simmons Company, which is helping build an addition at the school, which is located about 20 miles west of Indianapolis.
Police said students and staff were informed that an accident involving a worker had occurred but were not given any details. The school day proceeded regularly.
The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration are also investigating the incident.