Greeley Man Dies in Logging Accident

A Delaware County man has died after a logging accident in Clayton County on Tuesday.

The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office says they were called to 39185 Errthum Road north of Holy Cross shortly before 12:30 pm for a work-related accident.

Authorities say Kendrick Forest Products, based out of Edgewood, was logging a timber. 49-year old Joel Ernst of Edgewood was pulling cut trees with a log skidder when one of the logs he was pulling struck a standing tree. The tree fell over, striking 38-year old Jason Steger of Greeley.

Steger sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been notified due to the accident being work-related.

Steger had been employed with Kendrick Forest Products for 22 years, working the last four years as a logger. Kendrick Forest Products has released the following statement:

“We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our friend and co-worker, Jason Steger. Jay passed away around noon on Tuesday, July 16th due to injuries sustained in a logging accident in rural Holy Cross when he was struck by a dead hickory tree that fell. It was an unimaginable and unforeseen accident in which Jay passed away on impact. We are a big family here and we did not lose just a friend and co-worker, we lost a member of our family. Jay was a kind, driven, resilient, and lovable guy who will be missed immensely by all those who had the opportunity to know and meet him. Jay celebrated his 22nd anniversary with KFP on July 7th. Our deepest condolences are with Jay’s family, his girlfriend, and his three children.”