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Construction worker injured at World Trade Center

A construction worker was injured on the job at New York City's rising World Trade Center last Friday afternoon, according to news reports.

The New York City Fire Department received a call at 1:54 p.m. on Friday, saying an ironworker had been injured at the 3 World Center construction site. Emergency medical technicians were immediately dispatched to the corner of Church and Cortland Streets.

The worker had been at ground level, helping get a load of steel ready to be lifted, officials said, when a steel beamed rolled over him.

A spokesperson for the construction company employing the ironworker said the firm is "cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation of the incident."

The media report we read did not indicate the cause of the accident or the extent of the worker's injuries.

It was the seventh construction accident at the World Trade Center in just the past four months.

A crane dropped steel beams 40 stories back in February. Two months later, an ironworker sustained a cut to his head when he fell five feet from a scaffold (and was saved by his harness).

A month later, another construction worker fell off of scaffolding; plywood then fell on top of him. Last month, there was a fire at 4 World Trade Center.

Then late last month there were accidents on two consecutive days: on June 26, a construction worker was hospitalized in critical condition after he was impaled on a metal rod after he fell four to five feet. A day later, a crane carrying steel beams slammed into the side of 4 World Trade Center, shattering windows near the top of the structure and sending glass plummeting to the ground.

Luckily, no one was directly underneath at the time.

Source: DNAinfo.com, "Construction Worker Hurt at 3 World Trade Center," July 13, 2012

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