Man falls 25 metres into hole

2010-03-10 00:00

A CONSTRUCTION worker is in a serious condition in Kokstad’s Usher Memorial Hospital after falling 25 metres off a scaffold and into a waste water hole at a local water purification plant in the town yesterday afternoon.

Derrick Banks of ER24 said paramedics found the man at the bottom of a hole in a serious condition. He said he had suffered possible head, neck and back injuries.

Paramedics used special equipment to support his back and head before an excavator was used to get him out of the hole.

Banks said the man might have lost his footing, as he was on the scaffolding at the time of the incident and fell off the side into the waste water hole.

Sisonke District municipal spokesman Ndabezitha Ntenza said the employee works for Lauren Construction, which is contracted by the Sisonke District Municipality to upgrade the waste water works in the area.

Company spokesman Ryan Hoof declined to comment, stating that the matter will be dealt with by the company lawyers.

Ntenza said: “We are aware of the incident, but it doesn’t affect our relationship with the construction company and we expect them to finish the job at the agreed time. We don’t have detailed information on the incident as the municipality has an engineering consultant who oversees the smooth running of the project.”

The engineering consultant, Duncan Shaw, said the employee was pouring concrete into the waste water works and he might have lost his balance. He said the man’s condition is said to be critical, with a possible skull fracture and some broken bones.

“At this stage we don’t know what happened and the doctors are monitoring his condition,” said Shaw.

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