Local Man Dies in Construction Accident

By: Kieran Wilson Email
By: Kieran Wilson Email

Police say a man working on building a new subdivision in Grand Junction was killed this morning in a construction accident. The accident happened on 29 Road and Brodick Way.

Police say the 21–year-old Grand Junction man was killed around 11 A.M. Wednesday morning after a culvert fell on him as he was working in a trench. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

OSHA is investigating the accident and has a complaint officer on the way from Denver According to OSHA regulation 1926.651 (j)(2) “Employees shall be protected from excavated or other materials or equipment that could pose a hazard by falling or rolling into excavations. Protection shall be provided by placing and keeping such materials or equipment at least 2 feet (.61 m) from the edge of excavations, or by the use of retaining devices that are sufficient to prevent materials or equipment from falling or rolling into excavations, or by a combination of both if necessary." The Grand Junction Police Department says there was no blockade up that they could see and they don't know exactly how far the culvert was from the edge; that's all for OSHA to figure out in its investigation.

The name of the victim has not been released as of Wednesday evening pending an autopsy and notification of the victims family. The Mesa County Coroners Office says that the man was working for Haven Construction. Kelly Taylor, an owner of Haven construction, says that his thoughts and prayers are with the family, and that what happened today was an accident.

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