Pipeline Worker Killed in Construction Accident


UNION TOWNSHIP, PA – A pipeline worker was killed Tuesday when a bulldozer he was operating rolled on top of him in Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

Ricky L. Dettman, 54, of Falls City, Nebraska, died at the scene, according to Pennsylvania State Police in Mansfield.

Dettman was operating the bulldozer at 11:48 a.m. on a steep grade, around one mile east of Joe Hill Road in Union Township, about 44 miles southwest of Elmira, when it rolled down the hill, turning numerous times before coming to rest in an upright position, police said.

Energy Transfer Partners, which recently merged with Regency Energy, issued a statement: “Sadly, there was an accident today that resulted in the death of an employee of the contractor that is building a natural gas pipeline for Energy Transfer Partners. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who knew him.”

Dettman was part of a construction crew working on a 36-inch natural gas pipeline to take natural gas out of the Utica Shale and deliver it markets around the country, according to Granado Communications Group, which handles communications for Energy Transfer Partners.