Worker Rescued at Penn Station Construction Site, FDNY Says - April 11, 2019

by Brendan Krisel, Patch National Staff

The worker was evacuated through a shaft at the site of the new Moynihan Train Hall on Eighth Avenue and West 33rd Street.

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN, NY — A worker was rescued Wednesday morning after suffering a medical emergency at the construction site for the Penn Station expansion on West 33rd Street and Eighth Avenue, an FDNY spokesman said.

Emergency responders rushed to the site of the new Moynihan Train Hall after receiving calls that an electrician working underground suffered a medical emergency, according to Empire State Development, the state agency overseeing the project.

Because the worker was located in an underground room near a shaft that opened up into the street, firefighters decided it would be best to evacuate the man through the shaft, a spokesman from Empire State Development said. The worker did not get stuck or trapped in the shaft as initially reported.

The worker is in stable condition and was taken to an area hospital to be treated, a spokesman for Empire State Development said.

A video of the rescue uploaded to the Citizen app showed dozens of firefighters lifting a man out of the underground shaft using what appears to be a crane on the West 33rd Street site, placing him onto a stretcher and loading him into an ambulance. The worker appeared conscious and alert in the video.

Rescue efforts lasted at least 30 minutes, according to the video.

The FDNY did not provide information on the extent of the worker's injuries.