Boise’s former HP campus shut down after industrial fatality
Update: The Ada County Coroner's Office has identified the man killed at the former Hewlett-Packard campus Wednesday as 65-year-old Antonio Barroso Garcia, of Nampa. The official cause of death was blunt force trauma of the head and neck.
Below is our previous reporting.
A contractor working at the former Hewlett-Packard campus in west Boise was killed when a heavy load being lifted by a tractor fell on him Wednesday afternoon, according to officials.
At 2:51 pm., emergency personnel were called to the scene behind Building 7 at the campus at 11311 Chinden Boulevard. The coroner's office took custody of the man's body just before 5:30 p.m.
The U.S. Department of Labor is investigating the incident, according to a spokesman Friday.
"We are currently investigating the workplace fatality you’re asking about and can provide no further comment at this time," said Leo Kay, regional communications director for the DOL. "In the meantime, our heart goes out to the family, friends and coworkers of the fallen employee."
The Boise Police Department said in a tweet Wednesday night that it appears the man was working alone on a front-end loader. Police believe the load fell from a high level and landed on the man, who was sitting in the driver's seat of the tractor, and killed him.
The incident is being treated as an accident.
Idaho bought the campus in its entirety last December, and the state has taken on efforts to remodel some of the many buildings on the campus.
Keith Reynolds, deputy director for the state Department of Administration, told the Statesman Wednesday afternoon that preliminary information indicated the man who died was a landscaper and a contractor.
Police said they will identify the man once his family is notified.
Reporter Ruth Brown contributed to this report.