Drill smashes foot of federal worker

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A federal employee was injured Thursday when a cylinder came down onto his foot as he climbed a drilling derrick at the U.S. Geological Survey offices on North Carson Street.

Rico Ferrozzo, 44, was conscious and alert when taken to Washoe Medical Center, where he was listed in good condition.

According to Steve Strobel, Carson City district chief for USGS, the drilling is part of a national program to assess water quality in urban areas.

"(Ferrozzo) was climbing up and apparently the rod came down and got his foot. This is a normal procedure. He was just at the wrong place at the wrong time," Strobel said. "Accidents happen on any kind of big equipment like this. This rig has an apparently good safety record."

Ferrozzo, a Western region USGS temporary employee, is from Las Vegas.


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