Man pinned by large boulder

Worker released from hospital after suffering injuries

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— A construction worker who reportedly was struck by a falling rock at a construction site Monday was released from the hospital Wednesday, a construction project manager said.

The man was a painter working at a house under construction on Granite Lane, said Kevin Rusk, project manager for Habitat Design and Construction Company.

Rusk said it appeared the accident occurred when the man climbed an angled boulder wall between the home's lower and upper driveway.

The man slipped while climbing the wall, and he grabbed one of the boulders, Rusk said. The boulder, which Rusk said weighed about 200 pounds, landed on the man's chest.

"This is just one of those things that you couldn't see coming," Rusk said.

At 3:45 p.m., police and rescue workers were dispatched to the scene, and the man was transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Rusk said the man suffered bruised ribs and an injured lung and that he is expected to return to work as early as next week.

Rusk blamed melting snow and saturated ground as a possible cause of the accident.

Sgt. Ray Birch of the Routt County Sheriff's Office said the accident is under investigation. Birch said residents should look out for unstable rocks as spring approaches.

The area where the accident occurred has been fenced off to prevent a similar accident.

"We're glad everyone's OK," Rusk said.

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