A construction worker was severely injured after a wall collapsed and pinned the victim down at the Lyon County Courthouse early Tuesday afternoon.
According to reports, a portion of the courthouse addition’s south wall collapsed and fell on the worker at around 1:00 in the afternoon. Marshal Police Chief Rob Yant said, the victim was pinned down on the first level of the addition to the courthouse. Emergency personnel arrived at the scene and extracted the construction worker. Fire fighters were also seen at the site, removing bricks from the main entrance and used board and metal poles for leverage when removing bigger debris. The company’s crane was also assisting the operation.
CGI, the lead contractor for the courthouse project though its job site superintendent, Michael Filippi said stair were being installed near the south wall when the construction incident occurred. Filippi added that the victim was subcontracted by CGI to work on the project.
The victim was said to have sustained head trauma, broken wrist and also suffered from severe leg injuries after a piece of rebar pierced his leg. Paramedics immediately transported the worker to the Marshall Emergency Room at the Avera Regional Medical Center but he was later airlifted to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. His condition was not known.
Also at the scene were the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department, the Marshall Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol, Marshall Fire and North Memorial Ambulance.
Four city blocks and the intersection of West Main Street and 6th Street in downtown Marshall were closed down as a result of the incident. Police will be conducting their investigation into the incident.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is expected to investigate into the industrial incident and will issue a report before the construction site can open again.
Authorities did not reveal the name of the injured construction worker.