County man killed at work on SR-840 site

Monday, October 8, 2007

A Marshall County man was killed during a construction accident Tuesday in Williamson County where he was employed by a Brentwood-based company building a bridge for State Route 840.

Robert Lee Holt would have been 46 years old one week from today, according to Bill Hardison, the safety officer and administrative assistant for Allen Linder, president and CEO of Highways Inc.

"It's a tragic loss, a real tragedy for the company and his family," said Hardison, noting that other employees were offered an opportunity for counseling and/or not go to work for some time.

The accident was at about 1 p.m. Tuesday, officials said.

Local media reports attributed to a Williamson County Sheriff's Deputy claim Holt was killed instantly after being struck by a crane being used to drive pylons into the ground at the bridge construction site on South Harpeth Road.

Hardison said officials from the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration were at the work site Wednesday and he was speaking with them Thursday morning by telephone.

Holt was a form carpenter, said Hardison who reported his former employee's address as 301 Highland St., Chapel Hill. Holt was the son of Frank and Patricia Holt of 2888 Mt. Lebanon Road, Lewisburg.

An obituary for Holt from Lawrence Funeral Home is published on page A2. A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow morning at the funeral home in Chapel Hill.

"He had been with us on and off for a little over a year," Hardison said. "He had worked on a project in Lincoln County and then came up here to this project."

Highways Inc. has a state contract for part of SR-840 construction

"They started about two months ago," B.J. Doughty, a spokeswoman for the TDOT, said.