A construction worker who was struck on the head by a falling object while walking on scaffolding 40 feet above the street in downtown Riverside Wednesday was rescued by firefighters and taken to a hospital for treatment.
The high-point rescue began about 9:40 a.m., when Riverside Fire Department personnel were called to the site of where crews are erecting the new Main Library in the 3900 block of Mission Inn Avenue, near Market Street.
According to Battalion Chief Tony Perna, the victim was on scaffolding facing the street when an object, possibly a spool of wire used to anchor weather coating to the building, fell on his head.
Perna said the victim was dazed and aided by co-workers.
About a dozen firefighters were sent to the location, and the truck’s ladder was extended to the scaffolding, where paramedics assessed and treated the patient, then brought him down to the street in the ladder bucket, according to Perna.
The victim, a 35-year-old man whose name was not released, was taken to Riverside Community Hospital for treatment of the moderate head injury, he said.
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