The man killed Friday morning in what police have called a “freak accident” inside a building undergoing renovation in downtown Wichita had been in the job for only a few weeks, a relative said Sunday.
Joshua Loux, 41, died in the accident involving a freight elevator in the 100 block of North Rock Island in the Old Town District, said his uncle Mike Loux. He was killed instantly in the accident shortly before 10:30 a.m.
Joshua Loux was working for Restoration and Waterproofing Contractors, his uncle said. The company is a subcontractor with Key Construction, which is converting the space into apartments, a Key executive said Friday.
Mike Loux said his nephew had had his new job for “just a couple of weeks.” The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the city of Wichita’s Office of Central Inspection are investigating the circumstances surrounding Loux’s death.
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Joshua Loux leaves behind seven children, his uncle said – three grown children and four still at home. Information on funeral arrangements has not yet been released.