Investigation into construction death is ongoing |

Investigation into construction death is ongoing

Memorial for Brady Meier set for Thursday

Zach Fridell

Brady Meier

— The investigation into the construction site accident that resulted in the death of 29-year-old Hayden resident Brady Meier continues as family and friends plan a memorial for him.

Meier was lethally wounded in an accident Friday as he was working at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. He was pronounced dead at Yampa Valley Medical Center. An autopsy was performed in Jefferson County, but the results are not yet available. Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg was out of town Tuesday, and Deputy Coroner Mitch Locke said Ryg was investigating.

Steamboat Springs police Capt. Joel Rae said two detectives investigated the accident. He said there was no reason to suspect drugs, alcohol or foul play in the death, but the exact cause of death remains unknown.

“There’s no blunt trauma, so we’re looking to a couple other aspects of it,” he said.

Initial reports indicated that Meier was electrocuted, and investigators later said they thought Meier was hit by a cap from a pressurized water line. Rae said Tuesday that there was no apparent trauma from the cap, so investigators are now looking at the possibility that the air blast caused Meier’s death.

The accident happened while Meier was working in a utility vault on the Urban Renewal Authority’s public improvement project on the north side of the base area next to Slopeside Grill.

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“The compression of the blast was kind of magnified, if you will,” by the concrete vault, Rae said.

Meier was working for Duckels Construction at the time of the accident, and company owner Fred Duckels said at the time of the accident that the fitting inside the vault had been tested recently.

Construction at the site resumed after the accident, he said.

Investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will continue to investigate the death, regional Labor Department spokesman Rich Kulczweski said. The department does not give updates during the investigation, he said, but according to the administration’s guidelines, the investigation must be complete within six months.


A memorial service for Meier is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp.

“The memorial is basically going to be a celebration of his life,” friend Traci Cameron said. “It’s going to be as intimate as it can be with the number of people we expect to be there.”

Cameron said the Perry-Mansfield camp was appropriate because Meier was active in dance in the Yampa Valley with his wife, Jenny Meier.

Jenny Meier said there would be slideshows and stories from friends during the memorial. Donations to Horizons Specialized Services may be made through the Yampa Valley Funeral Home. Jenny Meier said her husband volunteered with Horizons each winter to lead bi-skiers down the slopes.

“Whoever Brady met, he made their life better, and we’re all better for knowing him,” she said.

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Memorial service

A public memorial service for Brady Meier is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, with a reception to follow.

Memorial donations to Horizons Specialized Services may be given to the Yampa Valley Funeral Home.