Construction Worker Injured after Accident at UVA Medical Center
A construction worker is recovering Friday night after an accident on the job near the University of Virginia Medical Center.
Charlottesville's fire department used its newest engine for the rescue operation.
Gilbane, the construction company in charge of the UVA Medical Center Chiller Plant Project, says the worker lost his footing while moving a steel beam. The worker then fell off the platform he was standing on, and the beam hit him in the head.
The Charlottesville Fire Department, rescue squad, and UVA's Pegasus Ground Unit all responded to a report of an injury on the chiller plant being built at the medical center. The call came in shortly after 11 a.m.
Charlottesville fire crews used their new Tower 10 fire engine - equipped with a longer ladder and platform for technical rescue operations. They say it played a big role in securing the worker and taking him to the medical center quickly.
"The firefighters train each month for this type of rescue which is very unique and it really paid off today and showed that being prepared for this type of operation when it does come - the rescue was a very smooth success and everything went very well with no additional injuries to fire personnel or civilians," said Battalion Chief Richard Jones of the Charlottesville Fire Department.
Charlottesville and UVA police were also on the scene. They closed roads - including Eleventh Street - while the rescue was taking place.
A Gilbane representative says the worker was released from the medical center with minor injuries. They say proper safety gear and fall protection prevented the worker from getting more seriously hurt.
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