Worker dies in Aspen area home construction mishap

By Real Aspen
Real AspenAugust 11, 2011
A 39-year-old man died in a construction accident Thursday when his safety cord became tangled and pulled him into the rotating bit of a geological drill.

Other workers on the scene tried to shut the drill down but by the time they did, the machine had fatally injured the man, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. He has not been identified but reportedly hails from Minnesota.

The incident occurred at a residential construction site on a hillside at 1501 Maroon Creek Rd.

Numerous co-workers witnessed the tragedy, which occurred at about 3:30 p.m.

They were treated at the scene by Aspen Counseling Center staff, a sheriff's press release stated.

UPDATE: The deceased has been identified as Greg Watson of Minneapolis, Minn. He was part of a Broomfield-based Hayward Baker Geotechnical Construction crew working on reinforcing retaining walls behind La Chamonix Condominiums. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident.

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