Media contact: Brad Bugger, (516) 344-2252
June 20, 1997

Statement from Dean Helms, deputy executive manager for the Department of Energy's Brookhaven Group

At about 9 a.m. today, Bryan E. Schneck, a construction subcontractor with Bi-County Construction, was killed in an accident here on site. He was struck by a front-end loader driven by another employee of Bi-County construction as the two worked on a sewage system upgrade. BNL emergency services personnel responded to the accident, and found that Mr. Schneck had died from injuries suffered in the accident. Suffolk County authorities were called to the scene and are investigating the accident.

On behalf of the Department of Energy and all Brookhaven employees, please let me extend my sincerest regrets to the family of Mr. Schneck. This was truly a tragic accident and our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends. Let me also extend my concern to the other employee who was involved in this incident. I know the deep sense of shock and sadness he must be feeling now.

DOE firmly believes safety is the No. 1 priority at Brookhaven, and at all of our operations. Attached is a
statement from Energy Secretary Federico Peña, detailing the actions the department will take in response to this accident.