A crane worker on the state pier in New London, Connecticut, was injured Friday morning by a falling load of rebar. According to reports from NBC-Connecticut, the accident happened shortly after 10:00b AM as the man and his crew worked to unload a cargo ship.
A spokesman for the New London Fire Department, Battalion Chief Henry Kydd, said that the workers were lowering the rebar from the ship to the pier when a bundle broke loose and fell. The reinforced iron came crashing down and landed directly on top of the victim’s legs and ankle. Witnesses attempted to free the man from the heavy steel but were unable.
It eventually took a crane to lift the rebar off of the man and to lower him off of the ship. The victim was then transported to a local hospital where he underwent reconstructive surgery for serious ankle fractures. He is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries.
Shipyards are notoriously dangerous places to work. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that pier workers have an injury rate more than twice that of construction workers.
This is just one reason why the Connecticut workers’ compensation attorneys with Carter Mario Law Firm fight for the right to a safe work environment for pier workers. If you have suffered a work injury, contact an experienced attorney today to get the help you need.