Penn Yan man killed in construction accident

Gwen Chamberlain
A tow truck stabilizes the dump truck that slid over the bank at the East Lake Road construction site.

A 28-year-old Penn Yan man was killed in an accident at a construction site on the Keuka Lake shoreline at 495 East Lake Road on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Joshua F. Larham, 28, of 404 Liberty St., Penn Yan, was working with other Sutherland Builders employees on a a lakefront boathouse owned by Lena S. Baskis. He was killed shortly after 1:15 p.m. when a boathouse he was in collapsed after being struck by a dump truck, its load and a small tree.

Yates County Sheriff's Department Senior Investigator Michael Christensen reports that Timothy J. Paddock, 60, of 215 Main St., Penn Yan was operating a dump truck with stone to be dumped through a chute to cover drain tile around the base of the boathouse.

The load of stone shifted in the truck and the truck slid over the embankment, which is approximately 25 ft. The truck broke off a small tree and the tree, truck and stone fell onto the boathouse, causing it to collapse.

Larham's body was located under the building remains. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Yates County Coroner Douglas Marchionda Jr. An autopsy has been ordered and an investigation into the accident continues.

Two other Sutherland Builders employees, Roger Lyle, 42, of Pulteney and Justin Van Houten, 29, of Penn Yan, were working outside the boathouse and were not injured.

The Penn Yan and Dundee Fire Department Rescue Squads, Penn Yan Ambulance, and S&S Medic 55 responded to the scene. NYSEG and Milo Town crews that were working near the scene also assisted.

Yates County Sheriff's Department officials said while a New York State Police Executive Order had been posted at the worksite, the order was in reference to work being done by another contractor who is being investigated by New York State Police for fraud. Sgt. John Warner said that order is not related to Sutherland Builders' work.