Construction Worker Left Hanging 150 Feet from Crane after Accident

By Peter DePaolis

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 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 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.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.