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Two hurt in construction accident

POSTED: January 23, 2008 7:53 a.m.

Two construction workers are recovering after an accident Thursday morning at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

"They work for one of our subcontractors," said Natalie Springfield, spokeswoman for Brasfield & Gorrie, the main contractor in charge of building the hospital’s new North Patient Tower and Women and Children’s Pavilion. "We have an investigation (of the incident) under way."

The workers, whose names were not available Friday, are employed by Mableton-based Dixie Erectors. Jim Hall, co-owner of the company, said the men were working on the Women and Children’s Pavilion.

"They were hanging steel about 10 feet off the ground, and they were tied to a piece of an entrance canopy," Hall said. "The whole thing suddenly broke loose. We don’t know why."

The two men were taken to the emergency room, located right next door to their job site. Hall said one was released after treatment for "a busted lip." The other suffered an apparent back injury and may be hospitalized for observation for several days, he said.

"One guy is already back at work," Hall said. "We’re glad it was not serious. We take a lot of pride in our safety record, but sometimes things just happen."


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