Construction worker falls into hole

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A construction worker was rescued by Savannah Fire and Emergency Services firefighters Tuesday after falling into a hole in downtown Savannah.

Firefighters were sent at about 2:15 p.m. to a building under construction near the corner of Turner Street and MLK Jr. Boulevard, where the worker fell into a 3-foot by 4-foot concrete shaft, according to SFES.

Gerrald Rushing, of Mt. Vernon, Ga., fell about 8 feet onto a concrete floor, according SFES. Firefighters used a rope-and-pulley system to lower a Stokes Basket into the shaft to rescue Rushing.

Firefighters stabilizes Rushing, put him into the basket and moved him from the area through a small hallway that is used as a conduit for air conditioning ductwork, according to SFES. He was treated on the first floor of the building.

Rushing, who is a site supervisor for a company doing construction work on the building, was taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center, according to SFES.

Emergency medical technicians at the scene said he appeared to have suffered a broken leg.

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