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Construction accident at University of Utah injures two

Published December 17, 2012 12:31 pm

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Two construction workers were injured Monday morning after a large beam they were helping unload fell out of a truck, pinning one man to the ground.

The accident occurred at the site of a construction project on the University of Utah campus.

Salt Lake City Fire Department spokesman Jasen Asay said firefighters were called to 1825 E. South Campus Drive at about 9:20 a.m. Crews were working to build a new performing arts school on campus, Asay said.

The beam fell from a truck while workers were trying to lift it out. As it fell, it struck one worker and landed on a second worker, who was pinned until three other construction workers lifted the beam off of him.

The two workers, both in their 20s were transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

The worker who was pinned suffered hip injuries and the other worker suffered injuries to his leg.

A third worker who was on the beam when it fell also was injured. He was treated and released at the scene, Asay said.

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