A construction worker was brought to a hospital after falling from a senior housing apartment project Tuesday morning.
According to reports, the man was erecting steel for the Columbus Street complex when he fell nearly 25 feet at around 10:00 in the morning. The construction worker was immediately transported to the Waterbury Hospital where he was treated for facial, leg and chest injuries.
Joe Migani, architect of the Seymour-based O’ Riordan Migani Architects said the steelworker tripped and fell while he was coming down from the steel frame and was getting on a ladder. He is expected to recuperate and will be able to return to his job in one week’s time.
Migani added that the tether and safety harness broke the worker’s fall after 10 feet but let go as he swung in the air, dropping approximately 12 feet to the ground.
Migani said their company followed all safety protocols, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) together with the state crane inspectors were immediately advised of the incident. Work was temporarily suspended and eventually resumed after two hours with OSHA’s permission.
A representative from OSHA was at the scene and conducted a thorough investigation into the falling incident.
The identity of the injured construction worker was not released pending investigation.
Migani in a statement said, “construction is just dangerous work and despite everyone’s efforts, accidents can and do happen.”