Man rescued from 13th Street Bridge after injury leaves him over - WRBL

Man rescued from 13th Street Bridge after injury leaves him over Chattahoochee River

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Columbus rescue crews are trying to reach a construction worker needing assistance under the 13th Street Bridge. Columbus rescue crews are trying to reach a construction worker needing assistance under the 13th Street Bridge.
A WRBL camera shows crews trying to rescue man trapped under 13th Street Bridge. A WRBL camera shows crews trying to rescue man trapped under 13th Street Bridge.
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Columbus emergency personnel have rescued a construction worker who spent about two hours suspended above the Chattahoochee River after being injured while painting the 13th Street Bridge.

>> UPDATE: OSHA is now investigating the safety of the bridge construction site workplace

The WRBL News 3 13th Street Bridge camera on the Eagle and Phenix building showed crews attempting to reach the man. The man could be seen laying on a scaffolding ladder under the westbound lanes of the road after an "unknown metal object" hit him in the back, officials say. Rescue crews used a fire truck's ladder to repel down to the man to give him medical attention, including medication to ease pain.

"It doesn't appear to be a critical injury," said Battalion Chief Brian Watson. "He was alert and talking to himself the whole time."

Around 4:30p et, he was lowered onto the river bank below before being taken to The Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. He suffered blunt force trauma but is expected to survive.

Battalion Chief Watson praises the crew for executing under intense conditions. He says most of those involved are part of the Columbus Fire and EMS High Angle Rescue Team .

"That's what these guys train for," said Watson. "They train to handle adverse conditions and anytime your suspended 50 feet off the bridge, that's an adverse condition."

City officials were unable to immediately confirm Wednesday night what construction company or subcontractor the man worked for while painting the bridge.

News 3 has reached out to representatives with OSHA to find out if the incident is being investigated. We have not heard back, but the website states that reports to OSHA are not immediately required unless there's been a death or at least 3 individuals are injured.

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