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Cal/OSHA, employer comment on worker's death

Brien Daunt, 45, was an ironworker who died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in a fall at the construction site for Amazon's fulfillment center in Bakersfield, Calif. (Photo courtesy Linda Robles)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – Cal/OSHA on Monday released a statement on a worker’s death over the weekend.

Brien Daunt, 45, of Rancho Cucamonga, was killed in a fall Saturday at the Amazon fulfillment center that’s under construction in Bakersfield.

Family shared his name with Eyewitness News on Sunday, and that information was confirmed Monday morning through a coroner’s office news release.

Daunt leaves behind a daughter, his family told Eyewitness News.

Cal/OSHA said Daunt, an employee of the Herrick Corp., fell from about 35 feet. The state agency’s release on Monday reads, in part:

“Cal/OSHA has opened an inspection to determine the cause of the incident and correct workplace safety hazards.”

The state agency has six months to issue citations for violations, and a spokesman said inspections tend to take several months.

Herrick’s president, Bob Hazleton, told Eyewitness News over the phone Monday that, "We regret Brien's loss. He’s well regarded within that crew and within our company."

Daunt was also a member of Ironworkers Local 433 union.

Amazon has declined to comment on the incident.

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