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Construction worker injured in 3-story fallBy Lesley Covington
Senior Staff Writer
Ciro Albarran, a subcontractor worker, fell from scaffolding at the Oak Hall construction site and was injured Feb. 27 at approximately 11:50 a.m., according to reports.
“He’s a very lucky man,” Murray said.
He fell from scaffolding between the third and fourth floors of Oak Hall and couldn’t speak English well, according to Visiting Assistant Professor Martin Montoya, from the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, who helped as translator.
Carolina Masonry is a subcontractor working for Clancy & Thays’ Wilmington division, which is in charge of Oak Hall’s construction.
Overman said he was also at the site the day of the accident.
The accident occurred at approximately 11:50 a.m. Clancy & Thays’ safety consultant arrived at approximately 1:55 p.m., according to Overman.
“All reports are that there was no faulty equipment,” he said.
Albarran was not wearing a harness, he said.
As Murray explained in a telephone interview, harnesses can do more harm than good on a construction site like Oak Hall.
The workers intermingle and must be able to move freely.
“There are numerous contributing factors that can cause a harness to be more harmful than helpful,” Murray said. Alabrran was airlifted to UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill, according to Overman.
Emergency medical technicians waited until further information about Albarran could be gained before putting him on the ambulance, according to Montoya.
“I saw the EMS there right across from the police station. I understand that they were waiting to find out the worker’s name before taking him to the hospital,” according to Montoya.
Sometimes people provide inadequate contact information, live in “complex housing situations.” The situations include multiple families and non-related individuals live together or are undocumented workers, he said.