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8:21 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Update: Boise Man Dies In Fall At Washington Dam

Pinto Dam in Grant County, Wash.
Pinto Dam in Grant County, Wash.
Credit U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Update 5:41 p.m.:

In a story Dec. 26 about the death of an Idaho man at a dam in Washington state, The Associated Press reported erroneously the agency that will investigate the death. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate, not the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. The error was caused by incorrect information supplied to the AP.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Authorities have released the name of a Boise-based employee of the federal Bureau of Reclamation who fell to his death earlier this week at a dam in Washington state.

Holger "Hal" Jensen apparently slipped Monday on icy concrete and fell about 35 feet onto concrete at a construction site at the Pinto Dam east of Ephrata, Wash.

The 62-year-old Jensen was taken to Samaritan Healthcare in Moses Lake but died.

Because Jensen was a federal worker, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor said the agency's "hearts are heavy" with this loss.

Jensen lived in Everett, Wash., before moving to Idaho two years ago.

He'd worked for Reclamation as a construction inspector from 1972-80 and rejoined the agency full time in 2011.

Original story: 

Authorities have released the name of a Boise-based employee of the federal Bureau of Reclamation who fell to his death earlier this week at a dam in Washington state.

Holger "Hal" Jensen apparently slipped Monday on icy concrete and fell about 35 feet onto concrete at a construction site at the Pinto Dam east of Ephrata, Wash.

The 62-year-old Jensen was taken to Samaritan Healthcare in Moses Lake but died.

The Grant County sheriff's office said this week the state Washington Labor and Industries will investigate.

Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor said the agency's "hearts are heavy" with this loss.

Jensen lived in Everett, Wash., before moving to Idaho two years ago.

He'd worked for Reclamation as a construction inspector from 1972-80 and rejoined the agency full time in 2011.

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