Pinto Dam inspector dies after falling 35 feet

Pinto Dam inspector dies after falling 35 feet

Pinto Dam inspector dies after falling 35 feet

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 26, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 27 at 1:11 PM

EPHRATA, Wash.—A Bureau of Reclamation employee died Wednesday night after he fell on Monday at a construction site at Pinto Dam.

The dam is located about 18 miles east of Ephrata.

Hoger “Hal” Jensen fell 35 feet onto a concrete surface while conducting an inspection at the dam and suffered extensive head injuries.

Construction was being done at the dam to modify the structure to store additional water.

READ: Bureau of Reclamation employee falls 35 feet at Pinto Dam


Jensen, 62, passed away with family gathered by his bedside at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Jensen was civil engineer with a construction engineering group in Boise, Idaho.

“Our hearts are heavy within the Reclamation family today,” said Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor. “At this time of sadness and tragedy, we want to extend our deepest respect and sympathy for the Jensen family.”

Reclamation is conducting an official serious accident investigation.

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