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Construction worker seriously injured in fall

August 20, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A construction worker suffered serious injuries after he fell about 30 feet from a construction site at Stonebridge Golf Course Monday afternoon.

He was airlifted to Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., for treatment, said Donnie Scheuch of Berkeley County Emergency Services' Marlowe, W.Va., station. The man's condition was unavailable Monday night.

The man did not speak English, making it impossible for medics to get his name, Scheuch said.

Scheuch said he believes the man was putting plywood on the roof of a three-story townhouse when he fell into a narrow ditch dug around the home's basement level. Scheuch said special extrication equipment was needed to get the man out of the ditch, which looked to be about 2 feet deep.

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The man suffered a closed head injury along with multiple chest and arm injuries. He was drifting in and out of consciousness when medics arrived, Scheuch said.

He was placed on a stretcher in the back of an ambulance as medics waited for the helicopter to arrive. The man's co-workers sat in the shade of a tree, watching as medics cared for him.

The accident happened around 1:30 p.m. at a row of townhouses being built off Golf Course Road. The Martinsburg Fire Department assisted at the scene.

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