Efforts resume to move toppled drill rig at Sky Harbor; worker still missing

Phoenix Fire Capt. Jake Van Hook provides update on efforts to rescue a worker trapped at a construction site at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. Nathan J. Fish, The Republic | azcentral.com

Efforts resumed Tuesday morning to move a toppled drill rig at a site at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport where one construction worker remained missing.

The worker, believed to be the drill rig operator, has been unaccounted for since the rig overturned Monday morning. Officials said he had just excavated a hole Monday morning and was in the process of moving the heavy equipment when it happened.

Crews spent more than 12 hours attempting to clear the collapsed equipment but ceased operations around 11:45 p.m. Monday due to safety concerns, according to a Phoenix Fire Department official. They were unable to move the downed drill rig despite removing some of the rig’s heavy components.

Phoenix fire planned to truck in a larger crane to lift the toppled drill rig Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred just south of Sky Harbor Boulevard, near the West Economy parking lot and west of terminals 3 and 4. The site was on Sky Harbor property, as construction is being done for the PHX Sky Train.

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