Police investigate the scene of a construction accident Friday morning next to Slopeside Grill in Steamboat Springs. Hayden resident Brady Meier died in the accident.

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Police investigate the scene of a construction accident Friday morning next to Slopeside Grill in Steamboat Springs. Hayden resident Brady Meier died in the accident.

Hayden man dies after construction site accident

Man was working on project next to Slopeside Grill when fatally injured


— A 29-year-old Hayden man died today after a construction site accident at the base of Mount Werner.

Brady Meier was pronounced dead at 11:45 a.m. at Yampa Valley Medical Center, Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said. The cause of death has not been determined, but it is believed that Meier was struck somewhere on his body with a fitting from a pressurized water line.

Ryg said an autopsy will be performed in Jefferson County to determine an exact cause of death.

Emergency responders were initially paged to the Steamboat Ski Area base at about 10 a.m. for a report of a man who had been electrocuted. It was later determined that the man had been struck by a brass fitting on a water line, police said.

The accident occurred at the site of the Urban Renewal Authority's public improvement project on the north side of the base area next to Slopeside. Duckels Construction has been contracted to replace a sewer line and prepare for the installation of a Burgess Creek diversion structure.

According to police scanner communications, co-workers were giving mouth-to-mouth to the man when paramedics arrived. Meier had a weak pulse when paramedics arrived but was not breathing.

Duckels Construction owner Fred Duckels arrived at the site after the accident and helped police with the investigation.

Duckels said Meier was trying to turn on a water valve inside a utility vault when a compression cap on another water line blew off and hit him. Duckels said the fitting had recently been tested.

"You can take care of the safety, but that was kind of a freak thing," Duckels said.

Duckels said Meier had worked for him for about two years and recently had built a house in Hayden. Meier's wife had been contacted and was at the hospital, Duckels said.

Steamboat Springs Police Sgt. Dale Coyner said the preliminary investigation gives no indication of foul play. Ryg said it appeared Meier's death was an accident.

Coyner said detectives were sealing the accident scene and an Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigator was expected to arrive at the scene later today.


steamboatsprings 7 years, 6 months ago

Our best to family and friends after this tragic accident. Please let the community know how we can help.


Amy Harris 7 years, 6 months ago

Jenny, my heart aches for you. I am so very sorry and i send my love and prayers to you.


mmjPatient22 7 years, 6 months ago

Gotta love OSHA. Hopefully they don't make things any worse for those involved. Fred, I hope your guy pulls through. Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes go out to the man and his family.


MsRed 7 years, 6 months ago

R.I .P

Sympathies to the family, friends and co-workers :o(


Matthew Stoddard 7 years, 6 months ago

Jenny, you will be in my prayers, as will Brady. I only know you from Dance Theatre, but Kelly sent out the email. I didn't connect the dots earlier, when I first heard about this. Just know that you have my heartfelt sympathies.

Fred, I hope you can stand strong thru this. You have my honest, best wishes to you and your crew. I hope you all get thru this trauma as best as possible, and I do mean it sincerely.


seeuski 7 years, 6 months ago

I also send out my heartfelt sympathies to the friends, family and coworkers of this young man. So sorry.


stephb 7 years, 6 months ago

Deepest sympathies to all family, friends and co workers of Brady. Tragic loss. I am so sorry.


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