BOUNTIFUL -- The owner of Gillies Signs & Designs Inc. died of injuries suffered from a fall on Friday, officials said.
Richard Gillies, 66, fell between 10 feet and 15 feet from a cherry picker crane while working on signs at a building at 500 S. 200 West, Bountiful, said South Davis Metro Fire Assistant Chief Ed Biehler.
Emergency crews were called to the scene at 11:15 a.m. Friday. Gillies was flown to the University of Utah Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, Biehler said.
Occupational Safety and Health officials and Bountiful police detectives are investigating the accident to determine if it was a mechanical or operator failure, Biehler said.
Biehler said Gillies and his son, who works with him, were replacing a sign on the front of the building when the accident happened.
Gillies was in the bucket, while his son operated the machine, Biehler said.
"He thought his dad was stuck, so he went to the controls to move or get the cherry picker to move and it moved forward and pinned (Gillies) against the building," Biehler said.
The cherry picker continued to move and then it hit the front part of the building and that is when Gillies fell from the bucket to the ground, Biehler said.
The company, which is located in Salt Lake City, was started in 1985, according to the company's website.
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