Less than three months after two workers on a new Facebook building were injured in a fall, a third worker was hurt after he fell about 15 feet Tuesday, according to a fire official.
Menlo Park firefighters responded to Facebook’s Building 21, which is going up along Bayfront Expressway in Menlo Park, at 8:35 a.m. A construction worker for Schuff Steel had fallen from steel framing on the fourth floor to nearly the third floor, after a piece of decking or steel he stepped on partially dislodged.
The man’s safety harness and rigging stopped his descent before he touched down on the third floor, according to a news release. Schuff Steel is a subcontractor for Level 10 Construction, the project’s general contractor.
Fire Capt. Jason Martin, first on scene at 8:39 a.m., determined the worker was in significant pain and suffered bruises and abrasions from the plunge. Before Martin arrived, fellow steel workers unclipped the injured man from his rigging and laid him on the floor. Firefighters then immobilized the man, who was conscious, to protect his cervical spine before he was transported to Stanford’s trauma center.
“This is the second time we’ve been out here in the last three months for injured Steel Workers falling from the building,” Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman said in a statement. “That’s not only very unusual but it deeply concerns me.”
On April 26, two Schuff workers were injured when a steel beam they were standing on fell roughly 20 feet. At the time, Schapelhouman said their injuries could have been far worse, referring to the way the beam fell, catching on a lower floor assembly on the way down.
For the second time in a matter of months, a construction worker was injured after falling at the site of an under-construction Facebook building in Menlo Park, according to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.
The latest incident occurred Tuesday morning when a worker, who was wearing his safety harness and rigging, fell 10 to 15 feet from the steel framing on the building's fourth floor, according to fire officials.
"Fortunately, the steel worker was wearing his safety harnesses and rigging, which probably helped to prevent significant injury or even death," Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman said in a statement.
The worker experienced significant pain and suffered both bruises and cuts, fire officials said. He was transported to a nearby hospital.
Worker Injured After Fall at Facebook Construction Site
For the second time in a matter of months, a construction worker was injured after falling at the site of an under-construction Facebook building in Menlo Park, according to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. Bob Redell reports.(Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017)
The worker was walking along a piece of decking or steel when it was dislodged, sending the worker plummeting toward the third flood, according to fire officials. The worker's safety gear managed to catch him just before slamming into the floor.
Using a 107-foot-long aerial ladder, firefighters managed to lower the worker to the ground where an ambulance was waiting, according to fire officials.
Back in April, two other workers were injured at the same building after falling about 20 feet. Those workers were also wearing safety equipment that stopped them before they could actually hit the ground.
"This is the second time we’ve been out here in the last three months for injured steel workers falling from the building," Schapelhouman said in a statement. "That’s not only very unusual, but it deeply concerns me."
Schuff Steel operates 7 fabrication plants across the U.S. with over 1 million sq-ft under roof and over 300,000 tons of annual fabrication capacity, and manages a vast network of quality sub-fabricators to support the needs of very large projects.