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Worker rescued after high-rise construction accident in downtown West Palm Beach

Posted at 1:20 PM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 19:00:23-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Crews rescued a worker on Thursday afternoon after a wall fell onto him at a luxury high-rise construction site in downtown West Palm Beach, authorities say.

The tense incident unfolded around 1 p.m. at One West Palm, a luxury mixed-use project under construction at 550 N. Quadrille Boulevard.

A spokesperson for West Palm Beach Fire Rescue said a rebar steel-reinforced wall collapsed onto the worker on the 13th floor of the high-rise.

The wall fell onto the upper part of his body, according to officials.

Rescue crews loaded the injured worker onto a stretcher and slowly lowered him to the ground using rope. An ambulance then took him to a local trauma hospital.


VIDEO: Worker rescued after construction accident in downtown West Palm Beach

Police said that thankfully, the worker's injuries are not life threatening.

A spokesperson said windy conditions in downtown West Palm Beach made the rescue efforts difficult.

Workers broke ground on April 17, 2019 on One West Palm, which is billed as the tallest project in the history of Palm Beach County.

At 426 feet, it will include two 30-story cubed glass towers, along with office space, hotel suites, luxury apartments, a theater, spa, and indoor tennis courts.

Palm Beach developer Jeff Greene is behind the high-rise, and Kast Construction Company LLC is the firm handling the construction.