Construction Halted, Workers Evacuated When Backhoe Hits Gas Line in Washington City

Construction Halted, Workers Evacuated When Backhoe Hits Gas Line in Washington City

Cody Blowers | St. George News

A construction operator was transported to the hospital and a construction site in Washington City was temporarily shut down Thursday after a natural gas line was struck by a backhoe.

Shortly before noon, firefighters and police responded to a gas leak at the Brio subdivision in Washington City involving a 2.5-inch line that ruptured when it was struck by a backhoe.

One worker who was “in the hole at the time of incident,” was treated at the scene and then transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center by ambulance for further evaluation after he inhaled the leaking gas while working in the confined space, Washington City Fire Department public information officer Julio Reyes said.

The incident occurred in a construction area where five homes are being built. All construction operations ceased and all workers were evacuated “as a precaution” when the fire department arrived,  he said…(Read the full story)

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