A Wrightsville man died Wednesday after he was hit on the head by a 1,000-pound wooden beam at a construction site in Maryland, authorities said.

Christopher Kohler, 42, was installing the beam in a doorway of a barn under construction along the 3100 block of White Hall Road in White Hall, said Sgt. David Betz, spokesman for the Harford County sheriff's office.

The beam was being installed as part of the door frame. It fell about eight feet and struck Kohler on the head about 10 a.m., Betz said.

"It was secured on one end," Betz said. "They were going to secure the second part of it and that's when it fell."

Kohler died at the scene.

Investigators with the sheriff's office believe the death was an accident, Betz said. The case has been turned over to the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health agency, which investigates workplace deaths. The agency will determine whether there were any workplace safety violations.

Kohler was co-owner of Wrightsville-based Kohler and Kohler Pole Buildings,
which Betz said was under contract to build the barn.

Started business in 1990: Kohler was born in York, the son of Bonnie (Graybill) Holman of York and the late James P. Kohler.

A 1983 graduate of Eastern York High School, Christopher Kohler and brother Timothy Kohler, of York, started the pole building business in 1990.

In March, Christopher Kohler celebrated his 24th wedding anniversary to wife Tracy Kohler.


He is survived by two children who live at home, son Jordan Michael Kohler and daughter Morgan Christie Kohler. He is also survived by two other brothers, Michael Kohler and David Kohler, both of Hellam, a sister, Sandy Hursh, of York, and stepfather James Holman of York.

He was a member of Yorkanna Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, 4054 Park Lane, where a memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday.

There will be no viewing, and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Yorkanna Kingdom Hall Remodeling Fund, 4054 Park Lane, Yorkanna, 17406.

-- Reach Carl Lindquist at 505-5432 or clindquis