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DLM5111 Andy Blood shows off a shirt given to him by his fellow utility lineman after he was paralyzed in an on the job accident in 2004 when a pole that he had climbed collapsed. Blood said that lineman in Colorado are a tight knit group and that his friends and coworkers have helped him and his wife Carrie tremendously since the accident. In May of this year a jury awarded Blood nearly $40 million in a lawsuit he filed against Qwest after he was paralyzed in a work related accident involving a telephone pole owned by the company on June 29, 2004. Blood was an apprentice lineman for Xcel Energy and was working at the top of a pole near the corner of West 58th Avenue and Pecos Street in Adams County when it collapsed and plunged him 25 feet to the ground causing major spinal injuries. In the lawsuit Blood and his attorney William Keating claimed Qwest was to blame because it had failed to inspect and repair the rotting pole. Photo taken Thurs., Aug. 2, 2007. (DARIN MCGREGOR/ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS) **Andy Blood (cq) **William Keating (rocky)

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