Construction worker killed Monday in Edwards |

Construction worker killed Monday in Edwards

Veronica Whitney

A 27-year-old construction worker was killed Monday in an accident at the site of the new Miller Ranch Road Bridge in Edwards.

The man, who hasn’t been identified yet, was working on the new $4 million bridge when a steamroller fell over him, Eagle County officials said.

The identification of the victim, who was from Central America and was living in Denver, is pending on notification of the family.

The worker, who was working for Slayton Brothers a subcontractor of Eagle County, had been operating the steamroller, which started to roll over, said Eagle County Engineer Helen Migchelbrink.

“He jumped off it and it fell over him,” she said. “It’s one of those things. Construction sites are very dangerous. But I know that the contractor reviewed all their safety procedures and manuals.”

Migchelbrink said workers were doing the northern embankment of the road that leads to the bridge, which will extend Miller Ranch Road from the Edwards Spur Road across the Eagle River to U.S. Highway 6. The bridge will replace the Old Cemetery Bridge

“The accident is still under investigation; we have no conclusions,” said Frank DeHoff, president of Slayton Brothers. “The worker had been with us for three years.”

DeHoff said the company follows the Occupational, Safety and Health Act, which regulates construction work.

The county, together with the Colorado Department of Transportation, started construction in July on the new bridge across the Eagle River meant to alleviate traffic congestion in Edwards.

Construction started again Wednesday on the bridge, Migchelbrink said.

“We don’t expect any delays. Final completion will be in December,” she said.

The new bridge is part of the Berry Creek project, which includes Colorado Mountain College Vail/Eagle Valley Campus; recreational and soccer fields – already built – 282 affordable housing units and a new high school.

Slayton Brothers is setting up a memorial fund for the worker killed Monday.

Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454, or at

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