A man was hospitalized Monday after suffering injuries while working on the 29 Road Bridge project in Mesa County. The man was working on an island in the Colorado River when a connector that joins two spans together fell over on the man s legs. The connector, called a diaphragm, was sitting on the ground at the time.
The man was taken to St. Mary s Hospital where he went into surgery for his injuries.
Iron workers on the site were sent home for the rest of the day as a safety precaution. The day will begin Tuesday with a safety review. The Mesa County Sheriff s Office is investigating the incident as an industrial accident. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also expected to do an investigation. The man's employer, Dunn and Greunenwald of Henderson is also sending an investigator to the site.
Mesa County Public Works Director Pete Baier says work on the 29 Road Bridge is running well ahead of schedule and concrete pouring on the first bridge slabs could begin in a few weeks if temperatures remain over 29 degrees.
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