BOUNTIFUL — The founder of a Salt Lake sign company was killed Friday in an industrial accident.
Richard Gillies, 66, was in the cage area of a cherry picker while taking down a sign at a closed Blockbuster video store, 545 S. 200 West in Bountiful, when he fell 10 to 15 feet to the ground.
Gillies, who was not alert nor breathing when paramedics arrived, was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
While Gillies was in the cherry picker, the person operating the machine below — his adult son — apparently spotted a problem and tried to reposition the cherry picker, according to an initial investigation. That's when Gillies fell.
Gillies was part of Gillies Signs & Design Inc. According to a note written by Richard Gillies on the website, "I have been involved in the sign business for over 35 years. I started Gillies Signs & Design in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1985."
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was investigating the accident.
— Pat Reavy
- Is 'Speaker Chaffetz' more likely with...
- New Salt Lake County ordinance mandates pet...
- Could elephants' 'superhero' cancer guardian...
- Utah man impresses all four judges on 'The...
- Most wanted fugitive arrested in West Valley...
- Pres. Nelson honored by the University of Utah
- Couple charged with stealing Hondas from TRAX...
- Police seek alleged drug money from woman...
- Is 'Speaker Chaffetz' more likely with... 62
- Chaffetz's run for speaker makes... 47
- It's official: Jason Chaffetz to make... 41
- Utah cites Warren Jeffs as reason... 41
- Scholars disagree whether compromise... 33
- Gov. Herbert says latest Medicaid... 26
- Proposal calls for 900 South to be... 19
- LDS Church leaders continue to... 17