Construction worker injured at Children's Hospital work site

OSHA to investigate accident

CINCINNATI - A Messer Construction Co. carpenter was hurt while a crew was removing scaffolding at the construction site of the new Clinical Sciences Building at Children's Hospital Medical Center Thursday morning. 

The injury was not considered life-threatening, officials said. The worker, whose name was not released, was working in a 20-foot trench at about 8:10 a.m. when a single piece of scaffolding hand rail broke free and hit him, a Messer spokesperson said.

Cincinnati firefighters said two heavy rescue companies were called to the scene that were specially trained in technical and trench rescues.

Once crews were able to stabilize the man, they set up a rope rescue to get him out of the trench. The rescue took about 20 minutes.

The worker was taken to University Hospital and was being treated for the injury.

Federal workplace safety investigators are probing the accident, which is routine, said Bill Wilkerson, area director of the Cincinnati office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

"We did send an investigator to the scene,'' he said. 

Messer Construction Co. is the builder of the 15-story Clinical Science Building, which faces Albert Sabin Way on Children's Burnet campus.

The $180 million project will add approximately 425,000 square feet of space and house new laboratories; an outpatient clinic and imaging facility for clinical trials and research; office space for faculty and staff performing clinical research; and supporting infrastructure.

Construction work on the building started in June 2012. It is anticipated to be complete in the summer of 2015. 

Messer Construction Co. was one of six companies fined last year by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for issues related to a construction accident during the construction of Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati. Messer was the construction manager of the Horseshoe Casino project and disputed OSHA's findings in that case.

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