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Injury at Construction Site Results in Death
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393
Grand Teton National Park rangers and emergency medical services (EMS) providers responded at 11:40 a.m. on Monday, January 9 to a report of a work-site injury that had just occurred at a construction project in the park. Bryon Peck, a 33-year-old resident of eastern Colorado fell approximately 15 feet and sustained serious injuries while working on a new housing unit near the park's headquarters complex at Moose, Wyoming. Peck subsequently died on Wednesday, January 11 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC) in Idaho Falls.
Peck, the plant manager for a housing assembly company out of Fort Morgan, Colorado, fell while installing a second-floor door on one of the new four-plex units being constructed in the employee housing area at Moose. Park emergency responders arrived within minutes of a call for assistance after Peck's fall, and EMS responders provided medical care before transporting him to St. John's Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming via the park's ambulance. Peck was stabilized at St. John's Medical Center, and then transferred via life flight to EIRMC for critical care.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials were contacted within one hour of the incident. Wyoming Worker's Safety OSHA investigators arrived at Grand Teton on Wednesday, January 11 to conduct a thorough investigation of the construction site, and a final report will be issued after their investigation is completed.
"Our heartfelt condolences go out to Bryon's wife, children and other family members, as well as his colleagues and coworkers, for their tragic loss," said Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott.
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