State reports outline details of tragic episode in Westfall that left two men dead

The Malheur County Sheriff’s Office along with the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division investigated an accident that killed two men near Westfall in March. (The Enterprise/FILE)

WESTFALL – A ranch manager was trying to rescue another man from runaway construction equipment in an accident last March that left both men dead, according to reports recently released by the state.

The deaths may have been caused by a fallen lunch box.

Roger Wheeler, 50, an independent contractor overseeing the Indian Creek Ranch west of Vale, and Greg Juant, 57, an employee of ACW Inc. a Hines contractor, died when an excavator ran them over at a worksite on Bully Creek Road near Westfall March 12.

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration subsequently cited the Hines company for not ensuring its workers were correctly . . .