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Worker killed at gas well identified

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

PARACHUTE, Colo. ” The welder who was killed Thursday on a natural gas well pad near Parachute has been identified as a Texas man.

Garfield County coroner’s officials identified the man Friday as James Edward Ramsey, 47, of Texas. His hometown could not immediately be confirmed.

He was apparently killed when a piece of machinery struck him, an EnCana Oil and Gas spokesman said.

He was working Thursday for a contractor of Nabors Drilling, which is itself an EnCana contractor, EnCana spokesman Doug Hock said. He was helping guide a compressor on a forklift when something on a front loader detached and hit him, Hock said.

Deputy Coroner Thomas Walton said Ramsey’s death was still under investigation.

A Nabors official could not be reached for comment.

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The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration was investigating, sheriff’s spokeswoman Tanny McGinnis said. EnCana and its contractors also were investigating, Hock said.