Accident at Tawas Hospital Leaves Pinconning Man Dead

A Pinconning man is dead after a skid steer accident in Tawas last week.

Police responded to a report of someone trapped at the Ascension Saint Joseph’s maintenance garage around 9:30 a.m. October 27. Reportedly, 30-year-old Cody Wilbur and a coworker had been working on the skid steer, and Wilber had moved the bucket to gain access to a bolt. Police say when Wilber began to climb out, the bucket fell on him, pinning him to the machine. Hospital staff broke a window on the skid steer to access its controls and free Wilber, then began CPR. He was rushed to the Saint Joseph’s Emergency Department, where he was pronounced dead.

The incident is currently under investigation by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA).