Lake Stevens family has questions after teen dies in auger accident



Posted on July 10, 2014 at 6:04 AM

LAKE STEVENS, Wash. -- A Lake Stevens family has many unanswered questions after their son was killed in a work site accident on Monday.

Nineteen-year-old Bradley Hogue, a graduate of Lake Stevens High School, just started working for Pacific Topsoil of Everett, his dream summer job.

"They told him he could get up to 60 hours a week, which meant a lot of overtime. He could get paid very well," said his mother, Deanna Hogue.

The teenager was part of a three-person team blowing bark onto a Duvall residential property Monday when he fell into an auger and died.

"I just don't understand how a kid on his second day could fall in," said Alan Hogue, his father.

"To my knowledge there was no training. It was three to five minutes before it was discovered he fell in," said Deanna Hogue.

The company declined to comment and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries has launched an investigation.

A spokesperson for L & I says Pacific Topsoil had been subject to five inspections in the last seven years, two resulting in citations. Two investigations are still pending including this accident that killed Hogue.

"There are too many unknowns. I don't know how this can happen, why there aren't guards in place. Safety harnesses. Something," said his father. "You can't let this happen to a 19 year old that just started this life."

KING 5 contacted other landscaping companies and there doesn't seem to be any industry-wide rules for operating an auger in this situation. Each company handles work crews differently.

Hogue's family says he loved soccer, his friends, and spending time in the outdoors. He was also attending Everett Community College, to possibly pursue a career in engineering.

Funeral services for Bradley Hogue are Friday the 11th, at 1 p.m. at Snohomish United Methodist Church.