November 21, 2011
Firefighters in Virginia Beach, Virginia, were called to a construction site last week to rescue a worker who fell into a trench after being hit by a pipe. According to Channel 13 News, the accident happened at around 4:00 in the afternoon, at the corner of Crimson Holley Lane and Lynnhaven Parkway.
Spokesman for the Virginia Beach Fire Department, Chief Ken Pravetz, stated the worker fell 12-14 feet into the trench after being struck by a large piece of piping that was to be installed in the trench. The Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Team, which trains for complex rescue situations, responded, hoisting the man out with a wire basket and haul system. The rescue took about 30 minutes according to Pravetz.
Medics transported the worker to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital for treatment for head and leg injuries. Medics said the worker was conscious and not seriously hurt.
According to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction workers accounted for more fatal work injuries than any other industry in 2010. 530 workers form the construction industry died in on-the-job accidents in 2010.
The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley know the dangers construction workers face on the job every day and have years of experience fighting for their rights when they are hurt. If you have been injured in an on-the-job accident, contact us today by filling out a free initial consultation form.