Construction worker falls 40 feet, injures leg
Published: Friday, January 9, 2009 at 3:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 9, 2009 at 3:58 p.m.
A construction worker fell at least 40 feet down a shaft and severely injured his leg at Shands at the University of Florida on Friday morning.
Investigators were trying to determine how and why the accident happened Friday afternoon.
The man, whose name was not immediately available, had a severe compound open fracture to his leg, according to Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Carol Davis.
The incident happened at 11:15 a.m. north of the Shands emergency room where the man was working in a fresh air return system shaft for the new trauma center.
“This man was already working down about 15 feet into the shaft when he fell another 40 feet,” Davis said. “The technical rescue team from Gainesville Fire Rescue had to bring him up in two stages because he had fallen down so far and then the (Shands) trauma team was alerted, so once they got him out, they walked him over to the emergency room entrance because it was right there.”
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