Equipment Collapse Leaves WA Worker With Critical Injuries

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A construction worker suffered life-threatening injuries on Oct. 24 at the East Link light rail construction site in Bellevue, Washington, The Seattle Times reported. The Bellevue Fire Department reported that he was wounded when shoring equipment fell on him. The fire crew that responded to the scene was able to remove the critically injured worker from the disassembled structure and load him into a medical unit, where he was treated on the way to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

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Bellevue Fire Department Lt. Camari Olson said the 911 call came in just after 10:30 a.m. According to the Bellevue Patch, the worker was disassembling a temporary support structure along Interstate 90, off Bellevue Way S.E. Sound Transit, the state agency overseeing the light rail project, shut down the job site. It promised an investigation into the incident. The construction is projected to go through 2022, opening in 2023.

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