Seattle Fire and police flooded the area around 26th and John around 10:45 AM for a heavy rescue response but the worker died at the scene.
The Department of Labor and Industries was being called to investigate the incident.
The corner of new construction was crowded with Seattle Fire trucks and police cars as concerned neighbors looked on and a television news helicopter circled above. The forklift remained resting on its side next to the covered body of the worker who died.
The property at 26th and John is being developed as townhouses by Chesledon Homes according to King County records.
E John was closed to traffic during the response.
UPDATE 5/16/18: The man who died has been identified as Ducas Aucoin, 59, of Monroe, Washington. The King County Medical Examiner determined his cause of death to be blunt force injury of neck.
According to a person with knowledge of the 26th and John work site, Aucoin was working for delivery company SiteOne and unloading landscaping stones when the forklift flipped. We have not yet heard back from the company about the incident. Last summer, a SiteOne worker died in an incident also involving a forklift unloading paving stone materials at a site in Livermore, California. That death was investigated by Cal/OSHA but we have not yet tracked down any conclusions from the case.
UPDATE 5/17/18: “We’re very sad about the passing of Mr. Aucoin,” a spokesperson for SiteOne tells CHS. “Our main priority right now is working with his family and financial and safety details.”
According to the representative, Aucoin had worked for the company for about a year and a half.
The representative declined to discuss last summer’s California death and said SiteOne is working “with the appropriate authorities” following the 26th and John incident and “strives to continue to educate our associates” about safety.
UPDATE 5/18/18: Friends and loved ones are remembering Aucoin — calling him the “Mayor of Monroe — and helping his family with funeral costs:
We are reaching out to the community in support of the Aucoin family after the tragic death of their father and husband, Ducas Aucoin. For those of you did not know Ducas, he loved his family more than anything and was always the life of the party. Jody often referred to Ducas as the “Mayor of Monroe,” because he was loved by everyone. Ducas had the most unforgettable smile that lit up any room. He had a deep love for his family. His two daughters and his wife were his life, and he never went a day without telling them he loved them. His legacy will be one of laughter and love. Ducas leaves behind his wife Jody, and two daughters Tellis and Holland. Both of his daughters go to college out of state and want to be home for their father’s funeral. We are hoping to raise money for the family to help cover funeral costs, and living expenses. We want to support the Aucoin family in any way we can, and we hope that this can alleviate the unnecessary stress of an overwhelming financial burden.