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Worker’s Death Shuts Down Covington Solar Plant Jobsite in Garfield County

A Garfield County jobsite was shut down Monday morning after the death of a contractor, according to a news report by KWTV-9.

The incident occurred around 10:00 a.m. when the worker became pinned underneath a trenching machine. The site is located near Longhorn Trail and Highway 74.

The 10-megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant at Moss Energy field north of Covington was being built for SunPower and Oklahoma Gas and Electric. The contractor was employed by BJ’s Oilfield Construction.

Moss & Associates is a construction firm headquartered in Florida. The company released the following statement after the man’s death:

“Moss & Associates is deeply saddened by the death of a BJ’s Oilfield Construction contractor working on site at the Covington Solar project this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with the man’s family to whom we offer our full support at this extremely difficult time. Counselling support has been made available to any colleagues and staff affected by this tragedy.

The jobsite has been shut down and we are fully cooperating with the OSHA investigation.”