PORTSMOUTH — A worker suffered a substantial leg fracture Thursday after falling from scaffolding at the Portsmouth Middle School construction site and dropping about 6 feet.
Portsmouth fire Chief Steve Achilles said the department was notified about the accident at about 11:30 a.m. Two fire engines and an ambulance responded to the scene.
They treated an approximately 50-year-old male construction worker, who had sustained a lower leg fracture, Achilles said. The man was transported in stable condition to Portsmouth Regional Hospital.
Details about the incident were scant early Thursday afternoon. Achilles said it will be up to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and a safety team from Gilbane Building Company, the company running the middle school project, to investigate the circumstances.
The accident marks the second time this year OSHA has been summoned to investigate a workplace injury at the construction site. In May, two workers suffered injuries to their lower extremities when they were struck by pieces of drywall. The men were moving drywall with hydraulic lift at the time. Fire officials said the lift apparently developed a mechanical failure.
A Gilbane spokesman declined to comment on what precipitated the May 14 accident.
“We're investigating the specifics, but I can tell you that it was drywall and the drywall moved and injured them,” Wes Cotter said. “I would not want to speculate.”
Cotter said he was not aware of any other workplace accidents that have occurred at the Portsmouth site.
Gilbane is one of New England's largest providers of construction management services. The company's workplace safety record includes only two previous minor violations in New Hampshire, according to OSHA records.