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Construction worker severely injured after 30-foot fall

By Emiley Morgan | Posted - Jan. 30, 2012 at 3:44 p.m.


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WEST VALLEY CITY — A 50-year-old man was flown to the hospital Monday after the bulldozer he was riding in rolled and fell as many as 40 feet into a gravel pit.

The man was working in a bulldozer at a concrete site near 5400 South and 6800 West when the bulldozer went over the edge of a pile, West Valley Fire Battalion Chief Bob Fitzgerald said. What caused the bulldozer to tip and fall is under investigation.

The bulldozer dropped 30 to 40 feet, rolling two to three times and ejecting the man.

"Parts of the vehicle came off," Fitzgerald said. "One of the fuel tanks landed on top of him. Our crews got here, got the fuel tank off of him, extricated him and prepared him for the flight."

A medical helicopter transported the man to University Hospital for treatment. Fitzgerald said the man had multiple injuries that were "very serious," but crews were able to stabilize him for transport.

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