Elkhorn Construction worker’s leg crushed

An employee of a Chevron subcontractor, Elkhorn Construction, had one of his legs crushed Wednesday morning while working on a job in the Piceance Basin.

The accident happened just before 8 a.m. in Garfield County, about 12 miles north of De Beque in the 4200 block of Garfield County Road 211.

“It occurred in the vicinity of a fork lift,” said Christine LeLaurin, spokeswoman for Chevron.

The worker was rushed by helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital, LeLaurin said.

“Our primary focus is making sure that he is OK, and he is getting the proper medical treatment,” said Wally Jones, spokesman for Elkhorn.

Immediately after the worker’s injury, an emergency medical technician, employed by Chevron and constantly on the job site, responded, LeLaurin said.

The De Beque Fire Department responded to the accident with a rescue truck and an ambulance.

De Beque Fire Chief Nick Marx said the employee was injured by a forklift and that his injuries were not life threatening.


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