Worker killed on DIA runway |

Worker killed on DIA runway

DENVER ” Federal safety officials are investigating the death of a worker removing aircraft tire marks at Denver International Airport.

Spokesman Chuck Cannon says a member of a subcontractor crew was killed after being hit by a giant sweeper-type broom used on runways at 5:16 a.m. The runway is closed for the investigation.

Denver Police Detective John White says the worker apparently bent over to pick up an object, and was unable to be seen by the heavy equipment operator.

Herb Gibson, Denver area director for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said he couldn’t recall any other runway deaths at the airport. The last worker death happened in January 2005 when a United Airlines worker died after a jet extinguisher exploded in a hangar, he said.

Cannon said airport flight operations were not affected.

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