PORTSMOUTH — For the second time in two months, a construction worker at the middle school renovation site was injured during a fall from scaffolding.
A worker was injured Thursday morning when he fell about 6 feet from some scaffolding, said Fire Chief Steve Achilles. Achilles said the worker is about 50 years old and fractured the lower portion of one leg.
Achilles said the man was brought by ambulance to Portsmouth Regional Hospital and the cause of the fall is unknown. He said the incident was reported to the contractor, Gilbane Construction, as well as to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
On May 14, two workers were sent by ambulance to the hospital after they were injured by falling drywall at the same construction site.
Fire Capt. Richard Murphy said at the time, the workers were on a hydraulic scissor-jack platform, which, for unknown reasons, "suddenly came down."
After the platform collapsed, sheets of drywall fell onto the pair of workers, causing leg injuries to both men, he said.
Firefighters removed the men from the scaffolding and onto back braces, slid them down a ladder, then onto gurneys and into waiting ambulances.
That incident was also reported to OSHA. An OSHA spokesperson said Thursday that the case remains under investigation.