Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn is reporting that his office is conducting an investigation following the death of a Taylorville man after an incident at the ConocoPhillips Refinery in Wood River, Illinois late Tuesday afternoon.
38 year-old Bradley D. Edmund was employed by Matrix Service Company and was welding on an above ground tank at the ConocoPhillips facility at 100 Madison Street in Hartford. Edmund was working from scaffolding at the top of the tank, and fell approximately 48 feet to the ground below. The incident occurred shortly before 4:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Edmund was pronounced dead at the scene just before 5:30 p.m. by Coroner’s Investigator William Brandon.
An autopsy conducted late Wednesday morning indicated Edmund suffered head and chest trauma consistent with a fall. No final cause of death will be prescribed pending completion of the investigation as well as the return of routine toxicology results.
The incident remains under investigation by the Hartford Police Department and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.