A Connecticut Department of Transportation worker reportedly sustained a broken leg and possible back and neck injuries after he fell about 30 feet into a maintenance pit at the Stroffolino Draw Bridge in Norwalk Saturday morning.
Members of the Norwalk Fire Department performed a confined space rescue to get the 56-year-old worker out of the hollow cassion beneath the bridge’s operating mechanism, according to a press release.
The two-lane bridge across the Norwalk River connects East and South Norwalk.
According to the release, the worker had fallen onto a concrete floor “and was in extreme pain with a serious leg injury” and “possible neck and back injuries.”
After the pit was checked for oxygen levels and any toxic gases, firefighters and a Norwalk Hospital Paramedic “descended into the caisson” to access the worker, who was “medicated, boarded and collared, then secured into a stokes rescue basket.” The worker was then lifted out of the cassion by a team of firefighters using special rigging.
The worker was transported to Norwalk Hospital.
Traffic on the bridge was reduced to one lane during the hour-and-a-half rescue, according to the release.