The contractor, who was pinned down by a forklift, was freed by her coworkers and given CPR before emergency crews arrived on the scene.
According to Rachel Pugh, director of media relations, the Whiting Turner contractor was taken to the George Washington University Hospital by DC Fire and EMS. The scene is under investigation by the Metropolitan Police Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Original post: A construction worker at Georgetown University was severely injured Wednesday morning in an accident, according to DC Fire and EMS.
The worker was a priority one transport for traumatic injuries at approximately 8:30 this morning. The DC Fire and EMS twitter account later noted that the worker was pinned under a forklift and had serious, life-threatening injuries.
A construction worker at the site of the science building currently under construction on campus confirmed for Vox that it was the location of the accident.
5:20 p.m. update:
The following email was sent to the campus community this afternoon.
March 16, 2011
Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community,
This morning an employee of Cleveland Construction Company, a subcontractor of Whiting-Turner Construction, was injured on the construction site of the new science center on campus. The D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the individual to George Washington University Hospital.
Our construction manager for this project, Whiting-Turner Construction, informed us later this morning that the worker’s injuries were fatal. Out of respect for the needs of workers, the jobsite has been shut down for the day. The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating the incident. At this time it is not clear whether the injuries were work related or due to some kind of medical emergency. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the individual’s family, coworkers and personnel impacted by this sad news. University officials remain in touch with Whiting-Turner and are available to support the family as needed during this time.
We are deeply saddened by these events and are working with Whiting-Turner to determine the most appropriate way to move forward on this important project.
Spiros Dimolitsas, PhD
Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer
Photo: Matt Funk