Eric Heisig / Houma Courier
A Gulf Island Fabrication employee was killed Monday night when he was hit in the head by a cable that came loose while moving metal sheet piling, authorities said.
Mark Naquin, 22, of Montegut was pronounced dead at Gulf Island shortly after 10:30 p.m., Terrebonne sheriff's deputies said. The sheet pilings weigh about 700 pounds each, deputies said, and Naquin was working with other employees to move them.
Nobody else was injured, police said, and the death has been classified as an accident.
Gulf Island, 583 Thompson Road, Houma, is a manufacturer of offshore rigs and drilling platforms. Family said Naquin had worked at the company as a fitter for about two years.
Kirk Meche, president and chief operating officer for Gulf Island, said he and other company officials and employees' thoughts are with the family, but he declined further comment.
The department of Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been called to investigate, a requirement in all fatal workplace accidents, Meche said.
Naquin was the grandson of Sterling Authement, who was killed in a Cocodrie boat crash last month.
Less than a month ago, Naquin had a child with his fiance, Nicole Gui, and he was going to get married next month, family said.
“She was planning on sending out the invitations this week,” said Jamey Hebert, his uncle, of Naquin's fiance. “All of them were on the table last night, as she had ran out of stamps.”
Hebert said the back-to-back deaths had hit the family hard, especially since Naquin, who shared the same birthday as Authement, had a bright future.
“He was one of those positive energies that everybody wanted to be around,” said his aunt, Madge Hebert.
Naquin had recently purchased his first home in Montegut, and Jamey Hebert said he was “ecstatic” about it.
“He was ready to get his family started,” Madge Hebert said.