Reclamation Employee Injured at Pinto Dam is Air-lifted to a Spokane Hospital

Media Contact: John Redding, (208) 383-2207

For Release: December 23, 2013

EPHRATA, Wash. - A Bureau of Reclamation employee was seriously injured at an active construction site this morning at Pinto Dam located about 18 miles east of Ephrata, Wash. The injured employee was sent by way of life-flight to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash.

The extent of the employee's injuries has not been determined at this time as the accident is currently being investigated. The injured worker fell about 35 feet onto a concrete surface below the dam.

The name of the injured employee is being withheld until official notification of the family has been confirmed. Emergency Medical Technicians from Grant County Fire District 12 and American Medical Response paramedics responded to the call around 8:30 am (PST).

Pinto Dam impounds Billy Clapp Lake just north of State Highway 28 in Grant County, Wash.

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