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Worker falls from bridge above Gallants Channel

Construction is a dangerous field. The days in the summer are hot, and that can lead to dehydration and other concerns. Sudden weather changes, safety hazards and other issues can also affect your ability to do your job safely.

If you're hurt at work, you have a right to workers' compensation. Your attorney can help you file the correct paperwork if you are required to do so, as this person may want to do for his medical care.

In this case, a worker was injured recently when he passed out and fell from a bridge over Gallants Channel. According to the news report, the Beaufort Fire Department responded to the scene when called and were told that the worker had fallen approximately five feet.

The report states that the man was working on a steel girder, which is around 70 feet above the water. He became caught when his safety harness snagged. He lost his balance and fell, landing on plywood below. It's been claimed that he may have passed out before falling, because he was lightheaded. There has not been any information on why the man's safety gear wouldn't have prevented him from falling.

Thankfully, a contractor on site was able to use a crane to lower the man to a boat that could take him to shore. Once he was on board, he was then taken to a nearby marina where he was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center. The worker was fine in the end; he told the North Carolina Department of Transportation spokesperson that he intended to return to work soon.

Source: 9 WNCT, "Crews respond to construction worker accident along new bridge," June 27, 2016

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