A Danville man was fatally crushed last week when plate glass he was loading onto a truck fell on top of him.
Damarcus Laquan Calloway, 24, an employee of Virginia Glass Products at 347 Old Sand Road in Ridgeway, died April 22 after what is being called an accident, Henry County Sheriff’s Capt. Wayne Davis stated in an email.
Davis said Calloway “sustained trauma due to glass products falling from a truck onto him. Mr. Calloway was treated at the scene by members of Henry County Public Safety and Ridgeway Rescue Squad. He was subsequently airlifted to a North Carolina medical facility, where he was later pronounced dead.”
Davis said in an interview later Tuesday that he understands that Calloway was involved in the process of loading the plate glass onto a truck that was not moving. He said he doesn’t know if Calloway was working alone or who might have been nearby.
But he said he understands “several, several hundred pounds” of plate glass fell on Calloway. It appeared it pinned his body to the ground.”
Davis said he didn’t know how long Calloway might have been pinned.
Virginia Glass officials did not respond to phone messages on Tuesday.
According to its website, Virginia Glass Products manufactures all-glass entrance doors, architectural tempered glass, frameless shower enclosures and laminated glass for commercial construction.
Davis said the sheriff’s office was not called to the scene because the incident was reported as an accident.
The Martinsville-Henry County 911 Center received a call at 5:52 p.m., and the first responding rescue personnel arrived at 6:02 p.m., according to 911 center records. Davis said he believes Calloway was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist in Winston-Salem.
Davis said he didn’t know the exact time of death, but a North Carolina medical examiner notified the sheriff’s office of the death at about 11:15 p.m. on April 22.
An autopsy will be performed in North Carolina. There are no preliminary results. Davis said the sheriff’s office is not conducting a criminal investigation.
“We investigate the facts surrounding the death,” he said.
But the matter is being investigated by two branches of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.
Paul Saunier, a regional health director, said his department has “an investigation open at this time, which means we are [doing an] investigation to determine compliance and exactly what happened.”
He said the labor department has six months from the time of the accident to complete its investigation.
“We conduct interviews, gather facts and information, take pictures, get an understanding of what occurred, and citations and penalties may be issued as a result of this inspection,” he said.
Jennifer Rose, occupational safety and health safety program director for the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, wrote in an email that “VOSH is aware of the incident, and we have initiated an investigation.
“We have up to six months to issue citations if they are warranted,” she said. “That is all of the information that I can provide at this time.”