Fire and rescue crews responded to the scene of a construction accident in Midtown Atlanta this week. On Friday, September 11, there was the report of a partial wall collapse at the site of the new Emory Midtown Hospital. The accident happened at about 11 am at the hospitals new location of West Peachtree Street at Linden Avenue.
The crew of workers were on the 11th floor working on the new parking structure. The wall on the 11th floor had collapsed down to the 10th floor. Six workers in total were hurt during the accident. One of these was a firefighter.
One workers was trapped under the rubble. Rescue crews had to use two saws to cut him out. They then had to place him on a backboard and lower him to the ground using a crane. The victim was taken to the hospital with what was described as serious leg injuries.
Another worker, a firefighter, was taken to the hospital with heat stroke. The other 5 members of the crew were able to walk away with minor injuries.
The company overseeing the construction is said to be Baston Cook Construction. This isnt their first accident in recent years. In 2017, they had to pay a $12,000 fine for the death of a 20-year old construction worker killed at another hospital site. A decade ago, they were also sued for the death of a worker who was killed while working in a 25-foot manhole. Reports also cite a $5,000 fine recently for a training violation.
There has been no comment from the construction company at this time.
If you or your loved one are injured in a construction accident, contact our office in Atlanta right away. You may have a potential claim for damages.