Worker falls into concrete culvert

March 11, 2009 10:44:31 AM PDT
A contract worker fell 20-feet down a hole at a sewer lift station in southeast Houston. That worker has been rescued, but he suffered some serious injuries.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The accident happened just after 8am at Berkley near Office City Drive. A contract worker fell about 20 feet down at the Berkley wastewater lift station. A call went out to 911. A Houston fire department rescue team was able to pull the man to safety in just under an hour.

It's unclear at this point how the man fell. The opening is about six feet across. He wasn't conscious when he was taken to Ben Taub Hospital.

"Anytime you have a fall you have the obvious, the C-spine, back injuries, head injuries. He fell on some rebar down there, so he had a pretty large cut to parts of his body," said Asst. Chief Tommy Dowdy with the Houston Fire Department. "A fall is just a very traumatic situation."

The man, who is in his late 20s, has not been identified. He is employed by George and Ezzell Inc. Construction -- that is the contract company in charge of the project. The Berkley wastewater lift station is undergoing a $2.4 million renovation.

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