Construction worker hurt in retaining wall fall
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Jan 21, 2014 | 1174 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Bradley County Emergency Medical Service personnel and others rushed to the scene where a construction worker reportedly fell and was injured.

According to Stan Clark, information officer for BCEMS, it was unknown if a medical event caused the man to fall next to a retaining wall and go unresponsive.

Clark said just after 2:30 p.m., ambulances along with Bradley County Sheriff’s deputies and Bradley County Fire-Rescue were dispatched to the Pebble Ridge Drive address.

The construction crew had been working on the wall when the man fell.

Clark indicated the man appeared to have been trapped.

According to 911 dispatchers, before emergency crews arrived, information noted the man was large in stature.

BCFR crews extracted the man from where he had fallen. He was reportedly transported to Erlanger Medical Center for treatment of a head injury.

- Bradley County Fire-Rescue also responded to residential fire late Monday. The blaze displaced a family of five.

According to Commander Myron Hawkins of BCFR, Station 11 crew members rushed to the scene on Virgil Rymer Road at 8 p.m., after it was reported a fire had started in the kitchen.

Hawkins said the fire spread into the living room and to a deck outside the home.

The Hiwassee Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to the scene to aid the family.

Hawkins said a preliminary assessment of damage was around $30,000.

- Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Roadside Safety Belt Checkpoints in Bradley County beginning next weekend.

The checkpoints will be set up in random location in the county.

According to THP officials, checkpoints are an effective means of recognizing the dangers presented to the driving public by motorists who would violate the laws of the state.

All scheduled checkpoints are contingent upon weather conditions and manpower availability.