A falling crane at Evraz long rail mill project in Pueblo kills man

According to the Chieftain, the Pueblo Fire Department and Evraz North America have confirmed that the Evraz long rail mill project saw a tragic incident on Friday. Regrettably, a man lost his life after a crane fell.

According to Tim Trujillo, spokesperson for the fire department, a rescue/extraction call was made at around 11:18 a.m. However, upon arriving at the site, the fire department personnel discovered that the worker had already passed away. Trujillo revealed that the unfortunate victim had sustained mechanical injuries due to the crane’s collapse. As of now, the identity of the victim has not been disclosed.

There were no additional reported injuries.

On Friday afternoon, a representative from Evraz North America confirmed the unfortunate news of the death in a statement provided to the Chieftain.

The news of a contractor fatality on the Palmer Project has left us deeply saddened. In order to pay our respects to the deceased and prioritize the safety and security of our entire team, we promptly halted all work on the project to initiate a comprehensive investigation. We are currently collaborating with the contracted employees’ company leadership and OSHA to ensure that a thorough investigation is conducted before resuming any work on the project. This is a difficult time for everyone involved, and we are committed to providing support and assistance to those affected by this unfortunate incident.

EVRAZ North America and the Palmer Project prioritize the safety and welfare of their employees and contractors above all else. In light of this, the company expresses their deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of the deceased.

According to Trujillo, the investigation into the accident involving Evraz officials, the Pueblo Police Department, and the Pueblo County Coroner’s Office was still ongoing as of Friday afternoon.

Trujillo reported that at 2:30 p.m., the Pueblo Fire Department initiated the recovery of the body.

The identity of the deceased will be disclosed by the county coroner once the next-of-kin has been informed.

You can get in touch with Chieftain editor Zach Hillstrom at [email protected] or on X, which was formerly known as Twitter, by following @ZachHillstrom. For any queries, you can contact reporter Justin Reutter at [email protected], and follow him on X at @jayreutter1. To support local news, you can subscribe to the Pueblo Chieftain by visiting subscribe.chieftain.com.

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