Construction worker falls through flooring, sustains serious injuries

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A construction worker sustained serious injuries on Thursday after he fell through the flooring of a building under construction on West Campus.

Austin Firefighters used a ladder to reach the man then hauled him down from the top of the building with a gurney. EMS reports he had serious injuries but he was conscious on the way down.

Emergency personnel said the booming Austin skyline presents a problem during these types of accidents because buildings are not equipped with elevators or stairways yet, so they have to access the floors with wooden ladders. They have a specialized bucket that allows them to lift people from as high as the tenth floor, and they use the help of a special operations group trained in case they need trained professionals to use rope to lower a victim.

The building will be a multi-story housing complex for students called The Crest at Pearl. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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