Worker killed in industrial accident near Alta

Posted at 12:26 PM, Oct 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-12 20:17:26-04

ALTA, Utah - An industrial accident has killed a 41-year-old construction worker near Alta.

Officials said the man was contracted to do work for the Utah Department of Transportation and was not a UDOT employee. The deceased has been identified as 41-year-old Kasey Christiansen of Price.

Unified Police said it is assisting the Alta Marshal's Office with the incident.

UDOT said the worker was installing avalanche control equipment in Little Cottonwood Canyon when an excavator rolled, ejecting and killing the man.

Authorities are investigating what caused the excavator to roll.

UDOT sent Fox 13 this statement:

This morning we were devastated by the news that a UDOT contractor was killed while installing avalanche control equipment in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Our contractors are part of the UDOT family and it’s heartbreaking any time something like this happens. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this worker’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

At UDOT, safety is our top priority. Work on the project is shut down pending an investigation.

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