Worker dies from head injury

Lee Edward Helmers, 24, Bismarck, was pronounced dead Monday morning by Ryder paramedics at the scene of a worksite accident, according to the Ward County Sheriff’s Department.

Helmers was employed with an unidentified Garrison utility contracting company that was removing old power poles from the ground with a crane truck in southwest Ward County.

One pole pulled fell from the truck due to apparent combining factors of strong winds and being too heavy. Once striking the ground, the near end of the pole popped back up and struck Helmers in the head.

Reports indicate he was immediately attended to by his co-workers before the ambulance arrived.