A construction worker had a harrowing experience late last month in Northwest D.C. A crane accident left him hanging 150 feet in the air, according to a report at wtop.com. Around 8:20 a.m., Washington D.C. fire crews received a call about a construction accident in the 2400 block of 14th Street.
When EMS crews arrived at the construction site, the worker was alert while hanging from the crane. Rescue workers used ropes and baskets to bring the man to the ground. According to a D.C. EMS spokesperson, the man was able to talk to rescuers throughout the ordeal. Although he survived the accident, the victim suffered life-threatening injuries to his legs and back, according to the spokesperson.
No one was able to say how the crane accident happened that left the man suspended 15 stories in the air. It was the second construction accident in the D.C. area in two days, according to wtop.com. The day before, a construction crane collapsed in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia, and blocked rush hour traffic. It took Fairfax County police and construction crews three hours to remove the crane from the road. No one suffered injuries in the second construction accident.
Safety regulations, especially OSHA regulations, are written to prevent incidents like these.
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