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Worker hurt at NEXUS pipeline construction site

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    Grafton Township rescue and construction workers prepare to transport an injured NEXUS pipeline worker Monday.

    BRUCE BISHOP / GAZETTE

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GRAFTON TWP. — A worker removing trees on a construction site for the NEXUS pipeline was injured Monday morning when a wooden plank struck him.

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Grafton Township rescue and construction workers prepare to transport an injured NEXUS pipeline worker Monday.

BRUCE BISHOP / GAZETTE Enlarge

Township Fire Chief Bob Richards said firefighters were dispatched at 10:22 a.m. to Law Road at state Route 83 in Lorain County.

He said the worker, who was not named, was moving construction equipment along a wooden-beam track when the shifting of weight launched part of the track at the worker.

“It had a limb pinned underneath the track and when it put the pressure off, it came up and struck the male in his right side,” Richards said.

The chief said other workers placed the injured man on a piece of plywood and brought him in the back of a pickup from the site to the road, where a medically trained worker looked him over and said he was stable.

The worker suffered no bleeding or outside injuries other than heavy bruising on his right side, Richards said.

EMS officials transported the man to the University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center for treatment. His condition was not available Monday night.

“NEXUS’ first concern is for the injured individual and ultimately for the safety of our employees, contractors and the communities in which we operate,” NEXUS spokesman Adam Parker said via email Monday.

The NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline project, first proposed in August 2014, is a business partnership of Detroit-based DTE Energy and Spectra Energy, which is owned by Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge Inc.

The about 255-mile, $2.1 billion pipeline would have the capacity to deliver about 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to markets in Ohio, Michigan and Ontario.

Construction on the project began in October after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave it a green light, and the pipeline is targeted to be in service late in the third quarter of this year.

Construction of the pipeline began in spring. Parker previously said construction started in Kensington and would move east to west in four sections — three in Ohio and one in Michigan.

“It will be similar to an assembly line,” he said. “They will put in an average of one mile a day.”

Township Fiscal Officer Amy Richards said construction began in the area within the last three weeks.

“As with everything we do as a company, safety is at the forefront of this process,” according to the company’s website.

“Our dedication to continuously improve our operational safety practices stems from our relentless focus on protecting the people within the communities where we operate, our employees and the environment.

“While we already have a strong safety record, our goal is zero incidents, as no incident is acceptable.”

Contact reporter Bruce Walton at (440) 329-7123 or bwalton@chroniclet.com. Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter @BruceWalton.


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