An investigation is ongoing into the death of a veteran construction worker on a section of a natural-gas pipeline being laid in western Coweta County.
William Helmintoller Jr., 57, of Angleton, Texas, was an employee of US Pipeline, according to Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk.
Helmintoller was working in the area of 163 Murphy Road last Thursday as part of the ongoing Transco natural-gas pipeline project near the Carroll County line.
According to Hawk, Helmintoller was assisting with the loading of a 20-foot section of pipe onto a trailer when the piece knocked him down and landed on his lower torso.
Hawk said Helmintoller suffered from blunt-force trauma to his lower torso and was taken to Piedmont Newnan Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Brad McClain, media representative for US Pipeline, confirmed Helmintoller was a full-time, unionized employee and said the accident remains under an internal investigation.
The Dalton Expansion Project is currently around 80 percent complete and is scheduled to be finished in May, according to Chris Stockton, spokesperson for The Williams Companies, which owns and operates the Transco Pipeline.
“This is certainly a tragedy and one that we’re committed to working to determine the cause, and ensure construction activities are performed in the safest way possible,” Stockton said Monday.
The $400 million project includes the construction of a new steel pipe extending from the existing pipeline in Coweta County to new delivery points in Paulding and Murray counties and a 21,000-horsepower compressor station in Carroll County.
The pipeline will transport enough natural gas to meet the daily needs of about 2 million homes by expanding delivery to include an existing north Georgia electric generating facility operated by Oglethorpe Power, as well as to Atlanta Gas Light and the city of Cartersville.
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