Pipe crushes GJ man, 21

Accident kills worker in trench at subdivision

Grand Junction Police Officer Ginny Chase takes photographs at the scene northeast of 29 Road and Brodick Way where a 21-year-old man was crushed to death by a 30-inch concrete pipe at a construction site Wednesday.

A construction worker from Grand Junction was killed Wednesday when a concrete pipe rolled over and crushed him at a new subdivision in north Grand Junction, police said.

The 21-year-old man, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Officers were called to the Walnut Estates subdivision at 29 Road and Brodick Way north of F 1/2 Road around 11:15 a.m. The man was working in a trench when a 30-inch concrete culvert next to the trench somehow rolled on top of him, police spokeswoman Kate Porras said.

Porras said the pipe was on the ground when it rolled. Max Sneddon, owner of Sneddon Construction, which hired Grand Junction-based Haven Construction as general contractor, said he thought a piece of heavy equipment struck the pipe, causing it to roll.

“It sounds like it was a freak accident. He couldn’t get out of the way of (the pipe),” Sneddon said.

Officials with Haven Construction did not return a phone call seeking comment.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate the accident.


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