A construction worker was airlifted to Albany Medical Center on Tuesday morning with an unspecified head injury after being pinned beneath a piece of heavy machinery.
The accident occurred on a road project in Worcester, a town in Otsego County just west of the Schoharie County line.
Schoharie County Sheriff Anthony Desmond said a construction crew was working on a ditch and bridge reconstruction project on Route 7 between Worcester and Richmondville. A piece of equipment used to elevate workers so they can examine and work on the underside of the bridge fell over, according to Desmond, trapping the man.
“There was a lift that tipped over and a fellow was pinned under it and was injured,” he said. “They [airlifted] him out, and I think the way the helicopter left it was going to Albany Medical Center.”
The man’s identity and age were not immediately available.
Paramedic Amy Galleazzi with Schoharie County EMS confirmed that the man was flown to Albany Medical Center. She said she could not discuss his injuries or identity. Galleazzi said she received the emergency call about 9:40 a.m.
The Otsego County Sheriff’s Office said they had no information to release. State police Troop C spokesman Nathan Riegal did not return a request for comment. Troop C is based in Sidney.
State police Troop G spokesman Mark Cepiel confirmed that state police responded to the scene.
“There was a head injury not yet diagnosed,” said Cepiel, who added that the accident occurred outside of his troop’s jurisdiction and he did not have any more information.
Desmond said the Richmondville Fire Department and other Schoharie County emergency services responded. Galleazzi said the fire department and ambulance service from Worcester also responded to the scene, as well as Cooperstown Medical Transport.