Local man killed in Pentagon accident

Brad Skufca, 34, was killed Thursday in an industrial accident in Washington, D.C. Skufca was working as part of construction team operating at the Pentagon building.

According to a Pentagon spokesman, Skufca was working on a gateway construction project when an iron girder fell on him. The gateway build was 200 yards from the building. The work was not related to construction being done to repair damage the Pentagon suffered in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Bill Lundquist, general counsel for Birdair Inc., the construction company that Skufca was working for at the time of the accident, said Skufca was helping his site supervisor, Dan Turner, unload a delivery of steel with a forklift to a staging site when Skufca became pinned under a piece.

"We're not sure whether the steel came off the fork-lift or if it shifted," Lundquist said. "Turner was the one who lifted the steel off Brad after the accident, using the tines of the fork-lift."

The piece of steel that fell on Skufca is 50-feet long with a three-foot space in between the length created by cross members. Each piece weighs 8,000 pounds or four tons, Lundquist said.

Skufca was born and raised in Craig and graduated from Moffat County High School in 1985.

He served four years in the U.S. Air Force.

Skufca was due to return to Craig next week for his birthday, said his mother, Ruth Skufca.

"He was a very loving child, and he loved his daughter very much," she said. "He was a good son, a good worker, he was good at sports baseball, football and basketball. He was a kind, loving person."

Brad Skufca is survived by his daughter, Amanda, 13, his parents, Ruth and Joe, and his ex-wife, the former Helen Lavatto.

Skufca's body will not be returned to Craig until the investigation is complete, Ruth Skufca said.

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