Man in 'serious' condition after falling from ladder at Harford sewage treatment plant

A man working for a subcontractor was in serious condition Thursday morning after falling at least 10 feet into a concrete culvert at a Harford County's Sod Run Wastewater treatment plant in Perryman, according to the county government.

The 27-year-old man fell from a ladder while working in a 4-foot-by-4-foot hole at treatment plant in the 1200 block of Chelsea Road, county spokeswoman Sherrie Johnson said. The man fell about 10 feet, according to Johnson and Robert Thomas, spokesman for the Harford County Department of Emergency Services.

The victim was flown by Maryland State Police Medevac to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after rescue officials spent about an hour pulling him out, Johnson and Fire & EMS Association spokesmen said.

The incident was called in as a "confined space rescue" at 8:19 a.m., according to the association.

According to Johnson, the injured man is employed by Adams Robinson Construction, which is based in Dayton, Ohio.

He was working on "a project to meet Bay Water Quality standards," Johnson said.

Maryland Occupational Safety Health Administration was notified. The Harford County Sheriff's Office also responded.

The incident is being reviewed by the county's risk management office, according to Thomas, who said he could not identify the injured man and did not know his condition in the hospital.

A person who answered the phone at the Adams Robinson's main number Thursday afternoon said: "We don't have [any] comment on this."

Johnson said safety at the Sod Run plant is good.

"Safety is a high priority by the contractor and by the company that is performing construction management or inspections," Johnson said. "The contractor conducts regular safety meetings and every weekly progress meeting begins with a discussion of safety concerns or issues. There have not been any other safety violations brought to the attention of the county in connection with this project."

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