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Worker injured in drilling accident

A 29-year-old Caza Drilling Co. worker, seriously injured in a drilling accident south of Silt on April 30, was listed in fair condition in St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction on Monday.

“He is out of intensive care, but still in the hospital,” said Caza spokesperson Harry Olds.

Olds said the worker, from Rock Springs, Wyo., suffered scalp and chest injuries. Olds declined to release the worker’s name.



The Denver-based Caza is a contractor for EnCana Oil and Gas, which plans to drill 250 gas wells in the Mamm Creek field this year.

Chris Williams, a spokesperson for EnCana, said the accident occurred on Caza rig No. 11, at approximately 10:30 p.m. Workers were taking pipe out of the drilling rig when the accident occurred, Williams said.



The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident. “We can’t say anything about it until the investigation is complete,” Williams said.

The worker was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, said EnCana spokesperson Sherry Long.

“He was being trained at the time,” Long said.


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