Worker Serious Injured At Washington Heights Building Site

The Patch - November 08, 2019

A construction worker was hurt while working 30 to 40 feet underground and had to be pulled to safety. By Brendan Krisel, Patch Staff

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, NY — A construction worker was seriously injured Thursday while working underground at a Washington Heights building site, an FDNY spokesman said.

The worker, who was not identified, was doing work 30 to 40 feet underground at a site on Amsterdam Avenue between West 180th and 181st streets when he was hurt shortly before 1:30 p.m., fire officials said. The worker was unable to remove himself from the shaft that he was working in and had to be rescued by firefighters, an FDNY spokesman said.

A video of the rescue shows the man being pulled out of a shaft on a backboard. Firefighters use a crane-like device to lift the man to safety outside the Amsterdam Avenue construction site.

Medics rushed the man to Harlem Hospital with a serious but non-life-threatening injury, an FDNY spokesman said.