~ by Trevor Phipps ~
Early last week, a horrific tragedy struck a local construction site that took the life of a well-known project manager.
According to officials of the Charis Bible College and their construction contractor, Executive Custom Construction, Inc., Robert Ummel, better known on the construction site as “Grumpy,” suffered a fatal accident from a forklift rollover accident that resulted in his death on Jan. 28 at around 9 a.m.
Shortly after the incident occurred, the Charis Bible College sent out a press release stating that the accident was still under investigation and that Charis and the construction contractor offered their prayers and condolences to the Ummel family.
According to people who worked on the site, Ummel was driving a forklift up an embankment close to his office trailer when the incident occurred. As he was headed up the incline, he accidentally clipped his office trailer which ejected him out of the vehicle right when it rolled over.
The construction superintendent lived locally in Woodland Park and had been in charge of the multiple phases of construction on the Andrew Wommack Ministries (AWM) property since it launched their original phase one project that brought the bible college to Teller County. Most of those who worked for Ummel always wondered why he would introduce himself as “Grumpy. In reality, most agreed that he was one of the nicest humans a person could meet on a construction site.
Andrew Wommack is President and Founder of Charis Bible College
Ummel was the head of probably the largest recent construction project that the county has seen in decades since Andrew Wommack, founder of AWM, chose to break ground nearly a decade ago to a place where he could pursue their evangelical mission, while enjoying picture-perfect views of Pikes Peak, “America’s Mountain.” Many of his visions became a reality this month when “The Sanctuary’s” doors opened to students coming from across the world. The site boss had supervised the construction of the phase one building, the phase two auditorium, which opened last year, and the town’s first multi-level parking garage.
No development in Woodland Park has proceeded as quickly as the various pursuits of the Andrew Wommack Ministries project in recent decades.
The death came as a shock to many community members as the construction veteran had many decades of experience in the industry including several hours operating forklifts. The accident marks the first death on the Charis construction site, and the first work-related death since a man died building the Trail Ridge Apartments near the Safeway center.
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