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Izak Wixon Found Dead While Working at a Gravel Pit in Brookings, South Dakota

Brookings, S.D. — A 19-year-old man was found dead at a gravel pit in Brookings on Tuesday.

According to reports, the young worker, Izak Wixon, was working near a large piece of machinery. He was discovered alone and deceased near the site. Authorities have reason to believe the accident happened right before he was found.

No further details have been disclosed.

Thoughts on workplace accidents

Another young worker killed while trying to make a living. Such incidents are unacceptable, and the surviving family deserves answers as to why their loved one died so senselessly.

Gravel pits have many hazards. But a dangerous work site is no excuse for a person losing their life. In fact, the more hazardous the work, the more safety procedures should be established to protect the workers. Was that done here? Was the workplace properly examined for unsafe conditions? Was the machinery regularly inspected for malfunctioning issues? Were workers adequately trained on safety practices and procedures? These are important questions that need answering.

Only a thorough investigation can reveal what went wrong here and ensure any wrongdoing that contributed to this young man’s passing comes to light.


The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice. Information contained in this blog was compiled from third-party sources or is the opinion of the author. Please inform us immediately if false or misleading information is contained in this post.


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