UPDATE: A spokesperson with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission said the worker is doing OK after falling off scaffolding and into a pit below ground level.
“Just bruises,” WSSC’s Lyn Riggins wrote in an email. Riggins couldn’t confirm whether or not the worker was in the hospital, but there weren’t any serious injuries.
The worker fell 24 feet at a water treatment plant on Farmington Road in Accokeek.
WASHINGTON — A worker has been seriously hurt after falling 24 feet into a pit at a water treatment plant in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
County fire department spokesman Mark Brady says that the worker fell off scaffolding and into a pit below ground level at about 7 a.m. Tuesday at the Piscataway Waste Water Treatment Plant, on Farmington Road in Accokeek. The worker, a contractor at the plant, was unconscious when rescuers arrived, though he was breathing and his vital signs were good, Brady says. About a dozen firefighters had to lift the man out with a ladder truck combined with a system of ropes and pulleys.
The worker was lifted out at about 8:15 a.m., but Brady says that the worker is seriously hurt; he was given IV fluids and taken to the Accokeek fire station, and from there by helicopter to a trauma center.
U/D Seriously injured worker is hoisted out of pit. Image by PGFD Batt Chief Wargo pic.twitter.com/3St5BuFVD7
— Mark Brady (@PGFDPIO) November 17, 2015
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