Man recovering after construction accident
June 13, 2008
Steamboat Springs — A local construction worker injured last week when he was pinned beneath heavy equipment is recovering well, according to a co-worker.
Steamboat Springs resident Chris Birner, 22, was injured in a construction accident June 6 while a crew from All-Terrain Excavating was clearing a lot on Ridge Road slated for future home construction.
Birner was clearing trees with a trackhoe about 3 p.m., co-worker Wyatt Pierce said.
“It just kind of slipped on the hill, rolled twice and came to a stop,” Pierce said about the trackhoe. “He was climbing out and crawling away when it flipped and fell on him.”
Birner’s legs and lower body were pinned under the trackhoe for nearly 20 minutes, Pierce said. Steamboat Springs police responded to the scene along with Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue, which freed him by lifting the trackhoe with inflatable airbags.
Birner was transported via ambulance to Yampa Valley Medical Center and later was airlifted to Denver, where he has undergone two surgeries and is doing well, Pierce said. Birner broke his pelvis in four places, though he was fortunate to have no internal injuries, Pierce said.
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“He’ll make a 100 percent recovery,” Birner said.
All-Terrain Excavating officials couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday.