An employee was unaware his boss was working beneath the vehicle

An Aims business owner was killed Tuesday morning, Oct. 24, when his employee accidentally ran over him in a dump truck.

Scott Cox, 48, owner of an excavation company called Bull Run Enterprises, 8989 Southeast Bull Run Road in Clackamas County, died at the scene.

Cox's employee, Bruce R. Rickert, 37, was starting his workday adjusting the brakes on one of the two rear axles of the dump truck he was operating at about 8:15 a.m., according to Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputy Greg Shellans.

He didn't know that his employer Cox, who was outside of Rickert's field of vision, also was adjusting the brake system. Cox was on the driveway pavement on the opposite side of the dump truck.

Rickert reportedly jumped into the dump truck cab and rolled the truck backward to continue the required brake adjustments. It was following this rollback maneuver that Rickert discovered Cox had been run over by two wheels on the dump truck's center axle.

Rickert immediately summoned Cox's wife, Cindy, who was inside the family home, also located at the business site, and requested urgent emergency medical assistance be summoned for the injured Scott Cox.

As he waited for paramedics with the Sandy Fire Department to arrive, Rickert performed CPR on Cox. Paramedics determined that Cox had died of his injuries.

Officials with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration are investigating.

Bull Run Enterprises employs about 10 people. Cox is survived by his wife and their three children, ages 10, 12 and 14.

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