Water Department Contractor Falls Down Shaft in Charlotte, North Carolina
CHARLOTTE, NC. – According to a news story reported online by fox46charlotte.com, a water department contractor fell down a shaft in Charlotte, North Carolina. The worker was on a job site when the fall occurred, and the worker reportedly sustained serious injuries. A medical helicopter was requested but could not travel to the scene because of weather.*
The fall occurred sometime on February 19, but it is not clear what time. A contract worker for Charlotte Water was working on a job in south Mecklenburg County and experienced a fall. The site was located at the Clems Branch Pump Station Project, which is next to the North Carolina border with South Carolina.
It is not clear what happened leading up to the accident, but the worker somehow fell down a 40-foot shaft at the site. Emergency crews responded to the scene, including the Pleasant Valley Fire Department, and Chief Greg Nicholson said something fell into the shaft and broke the worker’s leg. It is unclear what Nicholson meant by this statement — whether the worker fell because of a falling object and broken leg, or whether the worker sustained a broken leg during the fall.
First responders spent close to an hour pulling the worker from the shaft. They called for a medical helicopter to transport the worker to a hospital, but the helicopter was reportedly not able to come to the scene because of weather conditions. An ambulance then took the worker to a nearby hospital, where Fox 46 says he or she is being treated for serious injuries.
The worker has not been identified, and the fall is under investigation. No further information was reported.
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