California workplace safety officials are investigating the death of a worker who was accidentally crushed in Burbank last week after becoming trapped in the bottom-dump doors of a gravel truck.
The death of the worker, 58-year-old Vigen Boodaghian, was caused by “mechanical asphyxiation,” said Los Angeles County coroner spokesman Ed Winter, who added that there were “compression injuries to the torso.”
The accident occurred about 10 a.m. on Memorial Day at a lot leased by a construction company on Magnolia Boulevard, west of Front Street, near the Golden State (5) Freeway, police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said.
Boodaghian was extricated by a truck driver before emergency responders arrived and was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.
Boodaghian was apparently cleaning the bottom of the dump truck when the gates closed and crushed him, according to the coroner’s office.
Ryburn said police were told gravel trucks pay a fee to park in that area, but he did not have information on the owner of the area.