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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 6:36 p.m., Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Man killed in accident at airport was from Hilo

Advertiser Staff

The worker killed yesterday in an apparent industrial accident at the general aviation area of Honolulu Airport was run over and crushed by a pneumatic roller that was backing up, according to Honolulu police.

The driver of the roller did not see the victim who was working behind the roller, police said.

The case is classified as an unattended death pending autopsy findings. The Honolulu medical examiner's office today had no information to release on the man's death.

State Transportation, Department of Public Safety, and Occupational Safety & Health Division are handling the investigation because it occurred at the airport. The Federal Aviation Administration is also involved.

The medical examiner's office is not naming the victim until his identity is confirmed.

General contractor Jas. W. Glover Ltd., the man's employer, said the victim was 51 years old and from Hilo but also declined to identify him.

The man is survived by his wife, two daughters, a grandson, mother, brothers and sisters, the company said.

The man was working of a taxiway repaving job, according to state officials.

"We are doing everything possible to help family members and employees through this very trying time," Jas. W. Glover vice president John Romanowski said in a written statement to The Advertiser today.

The company is cooperating with the investigation, Romanowski said.