A man was rushed to hospital with serious injuries on Tuesday after falling an estimated 30 feet from a building under construction.
The worker fell at a construction site for an apartment block at the corner of Village Drive and Braecrest Drive around 7:30 a.m.
“We got there, he was on the ground and confirmed that he’d fallen about 30 feet,” Brandon Fire and Emergency Services Capt. Wade Ritchie said.
It appears the man fell from somewhere on the three-storey structure directly to the ground.
The man was taken to hospital in stable condition with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.
“I think what might have helped him somewhat is the ground was muddy, so it might have been cushioned a wee bit,” Ritchie said.
Firefighter/paramedics confirmed the man’s arm was broken and it’s suspected he had other broken bones.
Workplace Safety and Health was called in, and is expected to take the lead in the investigation.
Ritchie said the worker was wearing a harness, as firefighter/paramedics had to cut it off to treat him. However, it’s not clear if he was tethered.
Under Workplace Safety and Health regulations, it’s up to an employer to ensure that safeguards against falls are in place.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 3, 2014