HONOLULU (AP) — An Air Force accident report concludes inadequate safety measures played a part in the death of an airman at Hickam Air Force Base.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports 20-year-old Airman 1st Class Rickey Wagoner of Linden, Texas, died Jan. 8 from injuries suffered in a fall.
Wagoner and another airman were fixing a fiberglass skylight panel and covering it with plastic sheeting.
Wagoner fell 18 feet and his head hit a concrete floor. He suffered traumatic brain damage.
The report says the Air Force maintenance shop did not understand fall protection requirements.
Neither airman wore protection devices required for working more than six feet off the ground.
The report says no guardrails were installed and the airmen didn't wear hard hats.
Wagoner was part of the 647th Civil Engineer Squadron.