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Worker from Invenergy project dies

Fatal accident involving construction worker from project in Nebraksa

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A construction worker was killed in an accident Wednesday morning near Invenergy’s 73.5MW Prairie Breeze 2 wind project under construction in Nebraska.

The 40-year-old temporary worker was employed by Tradesman International and was working for contractor Wanzek Construction, US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration spokesperson Rhonda Burke told reNEWS.

“Initial reports indicate the victim was moving a 90-ton rough terrain crane along a county road, when the crane slipped into the ditch, overturning and killing the employee,” said Burke. The crane was being used for the wind project. The victim had worked for West Fargo, North Dakota-based Wanzek for 10 days.

Wanzek VP Arnold Jelinek said the company is working with officials to determine the cause of the accident. “Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the deceased,” said Jelinek. “The safety of our employees, subcontractors and everyone around our projects is our top priority.”

The OSHA is investigating the accident.

OSHA acting area director in Omaha Darwin Crag said in a statement: “These incidents are preventable regardless of how long an employee works for a company. Even though temporary workers may only work on a jobsite a few days, weeks or months, employers still have a responsibility to train all employees permanent and temporary about the hazards to which they are exposed.”

Prairie Breeze 2 developer Invenergy declined to comment.

The project, located about 100 miles northwest of Lincoln, is expected to come online this year.

Image: another of Invenergy's projects, California Ridge, under construction. Invenergy. 

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