Worker injured at former South High construction site

The Springfield Fire Rescue Division used an aerial truck on the south side of the building around 2:45 p.m. to remove the worker from the top of the building. The worker suffered a head injury, according to Battalion Chief Matt Smith.

The worker was sent by squad to Springfield Regional Medical Center where he was later transported by medical helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital.

The construction is part of a $10 million project to renovate the former high school to house the Global Impact STEM Academy and the Career ConnectED Center.

Kapp Construction is the general contractor on both sides of the project.

According to Paul Szymanski, the school district’s Straight A project manager and not employed by Kapp Construction, the injured worker is a subcontractor. No other details about the worker’s identity were provided.

The accident happened on the south side of the building where construction for GISA is taking place, Szymanski said. The worker fell off a ladder while working on electrical components, Syzmanski said, but is expected to recover.

Safety inspectors were on site to get more information after the incident, he said.

“We’re praying and hoping for the best for the contractor who was out there,” Szymanski said.

Battalion Chief Smith said the fire company called to the scene had recently practiced a similar ladder rescue on Saturday.

“We do it two or three times a year,” he said, “but this just happened to fall right after we had run a scenario.”

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