Mother of Veritas employee killed: family is devastated

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- Patty Weller, the mother of the man who was killed at Veritas Steel in Wausau, Jan. 15, said the family was in shock and devastated of her son's sudden death.

Weller said her son, Jeffrey James Jones Junior, was the employee at Veritas Steel who passed away after unhooking a steel girder from an overhead crane when the girder fell. He was 38 years old.

An OSHA spokesperson told NewsChannel 7 the girder toppled over, striking the employee.

An autopsy is scheduled to be performed Tuesday in Fond du Lac.

Emergency crews responded to the 3500 block of Sherman St. around 3:47 p.m. Sunday for the report of fallen steel girder, according to Marathon County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Ryan Weber. Lt. Weber said the initial call stated the man's foot was pinned.

A statement issued by the company Monday, read "Veritas Steel is deeply saddened by the death of our colleague and friend resulting from this tragic accident," said Henrik Jensen, CEO of Veritas. "The Veritas family has suffered a heart-wrenching loss and our profound sympathies and prayers are with his family and co-workers during this difficult period for all of us. We ask that the family’s privacy be respected during this painful time."

The death remains under investigation.

Veritas Steel is the former PDM Bridge location.