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Man Dies in Concrete Company Sand Pit

Posted March 6, 2007

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— A worker for a Fayetteville concrete company died Tuesday morning after being buried under a mound of sand, authorities said.

The accident occurred at about 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at  S & W Ready Mix Concrete Co., located at 1309 Reilly Road.

Barry Johnson, 50, of 5006 New Moon Drive in Fayetteville, was working in a large bin known as a sand hopper, where he was trying to remove a large rock that was stuck inside, authorities said. The sand somehow gave way and poured through a chute above Johnson's head, burying him, authorities said.

Johnson's head was above the sand, allowing rescue workers to provide him oxygen while they tried to dig him out. But he wasn't breathing when rescue crews arrived at the scene, and authorities said the weight of the sand proved to be too much and he died of his injuries.

Crews worked for about six hours to extricate Johnson's body from the sand pile.

The plant manager said Johnson had worked for the concrete company for about 15 years and wasn't violating any safety rules by climbing into the sand hopper.

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  • alleykat Mar 7, 2007

    This is a terrible accident any way you look at it. It is easy for people to point fingers and find blame as to why this happened. The truth of the matter is we are all placed on this earth for a reason and when our time is up it is up regardless of where we are and what we are doing. For what i know about Mr. Barry he was a great employee, person and friend. He willbe missed. To respond about safety issues, I know there is a safety plan in place for the company and safety is stressed a great deal throughout the company. Needless to say this doesnt change what has happened. My heart goes out to his family, friends and coworkers. May God give you strength and peace.

  • lilmissbeatty Mar 7, 2007

    My daddy worked with Mr. Barry for a long time. He was a very good man! May he rest in peace! and my prayers go out to his wife and family!!

  • Joy4u2 Mar 7, 2007

    My prayers goes out to his family and friends who are in total shock of there lost loved one. God be with you

  • UPTOP Mar 7, 2007

    MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY...

  • lotsofivy Mar 6, 2007

    Oh my God! His last moments....this frightens me to think about it. Rest in peace.

  • ghimmy47 Mar 6, 2007

    Best wishes to the family. In a time like this many emotions take charge. Just try to remember everything is for a reason.
    The plan is too large for us to know, but it's a good one.

    WRAL: Reporting of accidents involving fatalities in the local area touch family and friends. Maybe the comments should be monitored more closely, require proper names or be eliminated entirely.

  • Munchie Mar 6, 2007

    Very sad. Rest in peace, Mr. Johnson. Condolences (sp) to his friends and family.

  • nursevb8 Mar 6, 2007

    I'd say some rules need to be changed now !

  • hendrens footing service Mar 6, 2007

    THIS WAS A GOOD MAN AND A GOOD FRIEND,I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU AND SOME OF THE GOOD LAUGHS WE HAD.YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY.

  • sdd82nd Mar 6, 2007

    Chuck Norris invented Sand!!!!

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