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Construction Crane Accident at 323 2nd Street, SE

Post Date:01/06/2020 10:00 AM
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Emily Pelliccia
Deputy Fire Chief
434-970-3550
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6, 2020

Construction Crane Accident at 323 2nd Street, SE

One construction worker was injured and transported to UVA Medical Center

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - At 8:08 a.m. on Monday, January 6, 2020, the Charlottesville Fire Department was dispatched to the partial collapse of a construction crane at 323 2nd Street SE.

Charlottesville Fire Department's Engine 7 was the first arriving unit in just under three minutes from the time of dispatch to time of arrival at 8:11 a.m. When they arrived on scene they quickly assessed the situation and found a partial collapse of the crane onsite with the upper portion projected into the building currently under construction.

The engine crew made their way to the top level of the structure and found one of the workers with a leg injury. Charlottesville Fire Department's Tower 10 aerial apparatus was able to position itself adjacent to the crane and building in order to effect the rescue. Due to the location on the roof and unsafe area near where the worker was found, rescue teams had to lower the injured person to the floor below using ladders and special rescue equipment. From there Tower 10 was able to use the bucket at the tip of the unit to load and lower the patient to a ladder onto the ground. The construction worker was transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.

Twenty-four CFD personnel responded along with the Charlottesville Police Department and the Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad.

No further information is available at this time regarding the exact mechanism of injury or the full extent of those injuries.

The City of Charlottesville has issued a stop work order on the construction project until a structural engineer can evaluate the damage. Officials with the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health team of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry are responding to the site today to begin an investigation.

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