Trackhoe injures pipeline worker north of DeBeque |

Trackhoe injures pipeline worker north of DeBeque

Pete Fowlerpfowler@postindependent.comGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

DEBEQUE, Colorado A man in a trackhoe rolled over north of DeBeque and was flown by helicopter to St. Marys Hospital in Grand Junction Wednesday afternoon.DeBeque Fire Protection District Chief Nick Marx said the man was working on a pipeline construction project almost 20 miles north of DeBeque near the head of Conn Creek when the accident occurred around 2:30 p.m.He got one track onto some lose debris and it just kind of gave out from under the track and rolled it over, Marx said.The man worked for B&H Maintenance and Construction, a construction contractor for the oil and gas industry. His identity was not released. A B&H employee confirmed the man worked for that company, but further comment from the company wasnt available. It was unclear which energy company B&H was constructing the pipeline for.Marx said the worker suffered fairly minor injuries, but due to his medical history and the rough terrain in the area the man had to be flown to the hospital. Marx couldnt go into further detail due to patient confidentiality laws.It took emergency responders around an hour to climb up rough terrain to the scene of the accident and bring the man down to a helicopter-accessible landing zone, Marx said. Emergency personnel put the worker on a stretcher and carried him down with three or four people above them connected by a rope to act as an anchor.Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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