SANTA FE, N.M. — An investigation is underway after a fatal accident Thursday morning at the construction site for Presbyterian Healthcare Services’ new Santa Fe hospital.
General contractor Jaynes Corporation’s President and COO Shad James confirmed the fatality but did not want to comment further on the details of the incident due to the investigation headed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
He did not disclose the identity of the deceased “out of respect for the family.”
“I really want to respect the investigation and respect the process that we’re working through,” said James.
He could not say how long the investigation will take, but added that the job site is closed until Monday.
Santa Fe Fire Department was dispatched to the site around 8 a.m. where an injured worker was laying on the ground surrounded by coworkers, said Battalion Chief David Sandoval.
Though Santa Fe Police was not dispatched to the scene, spokesperson Greg Gurule said a dispatcher told him the deceased was hit by a spool of wire. Sandoval said his department was told a similar story, but he could not confirm what happened before emergency personnel arrived because they did not have to “remove (the worker) from any hazard.”
The worker died at Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe after being transported from the site via ambulance, according to hospital spokesperson Arturo Delgado.
“There was a Herculean effort made to save him, but (emergency personnel) were unable to,” Delgado said. Both he and Sandoval did not know the specifics of the man’s injuries.
The new, 344,000 square foot hospital near I-25 and Cerrillos Road broke ground in October 2016. According to James, the project has about 300 on-site workers who are all subcontractors.
In a statement, Presbyterian Santa Fe Medical Center administrator Helen Brooks said, “We were deeply saddened to hear about the accident today. Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to the family, friends and co-workers of this individual.”