Latimer man dies at job site east of Fort Dodge

Boom of concrete truck fatally injured Gomez

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson First responders were called to 2950 200th St., east of Fort Dodge, Friday night after an apparent accident involving a concrete pump truck. Webster County sheriff’s deputies, Duncombe/Otho police, Fort Dodge FIre Department, and Duncombe volunteer firefighters were on scene.

DUNCOMBE — A Latimer man is dead after an accident at a job site east of Fort Dodge Friday evening, according to Josh Van Waes, Webster County sheriff’s deputy.

Jose Gomez, 43, died at the scene.

Workers were reportedly pouring concrete at 2950 200th St. when the boom of a concrete pump truck landed on Gomez, Van Waes reported.

Gomez was pinned under the boom.

Details of the accident remain under investigation. However, the pump truck could be seen from the road with its boom extended and its front wheels well off the ground as if it had partially tipped over.

The accident was reported at 4:52 p.m.

Workers onsite were able to free Gomez and attempted to resuscitate him, according to Van Waes.

First responders and firefighters administered CPR, but were unable to revive him.

Gomez was employed by Drew Brandt Construction, of Des Moines.

His body will be transported to the state medical examiner’s office in Ankeny where an autopsy will be performed.

The accident will be investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Webster County sheriff’s deputies, Duncombe/Otho police, Fort Dodge Fire Department, Duncombe Volunteer Fire Department, Vincent Volunteer Fire Department, and the Webster County medical examiner were on scene.

Friday’s incident was apparently the second fatal construction accident in Webster County this year. On July 19, Shannon G. Torkelson, 41, of Forest City, was killed when he was struck by a steel beam at a construction site at the CJ Bio America plant west of Fort Dodge.


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