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OSHA investigating incident that injured worker on 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. 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.
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into the company that employed the man who was injured and rescued from the 13th Street Bridge on Wednesday.

The man worked for S&D Industrial Painting, a company based out of Tarpon Springs, Florida that specializes in commercial painting, OSHA officials announced on Thursday.

The man spent two hours suspended above the Chattahoochee River. Officials say the worker was hit by a metal object while painting the bridge. He then fell and got trapped on the scaffolding about 50 feet beneath the bridge. Rescue crews used a fire truck's ladder to repel down to the man to give him medical attention, including medication to ease pain.

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

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.

News 3 did some investigating and found out OSHA has previously investigated S&D Industrial Painting. Records show that the company has 3 violations dating back to 2009, with fines totaling $3200.

For this certain case, OSHA can not release any findings until the investigation is complete. Officials say that process can take up to 6 months.

We've reached out to the painting company for a comment, but have not heard back.

The injured man is expected to survive from his injuries. Officials have not yet released the name of the worker.
 

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