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Construction worker killed in asphalt zipper accident

By David Self Newlin and Andrew Wittenberg | Posted - Nov. 27, 2012 at 7:51 p.m.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — A construction worker died Tuesday afternoon as the result of injuries he sustained during an accident.

Saratoga Springs police officials said around 1:30 p.m. officers responded to a report of an industrial accident near 1200 North and 800 West.

When they arrived on scene they determined that Nicholas Blatnick, 31, had accidentally been caught in an asphalt zipper. He died at the scene.

"They did everything they could on scene to try and avert any further injury from occurring," said Saratoga Springs Police Cpl. Aaron Rosen. "Naturally, as you can imagine, the workers, we have them with our crisis intervention team and victim advocate right now."

Blatnick was part of a crew subcontracted by Questar Gas to repair some asphalt on top of a new gas line. Details of how he got caught in the machinery were not made available.

Rosen said project managers from Questar were on scene, as well as officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


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