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Construction worker airlifted after falling into manhole

Updated Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 | 11:52 a.m.

A construction worker on a residential development project in Henderson fell 15 feet through an open manhole this morning.

The man, who was not a city employee, fell at about 7 a.m. The Henderson Fire Department found him in the manhole conscious but with severe injuries, Henderson Fire Battalion Chief Doug Koopman said.

Firefighters extricated him from the hole at about 8:20 p.m. The man, who is in his 30s, was then flown to University Medical Center, where his condition is unknown, city of Henderson spokeswoman Kathleen Richards said.

The manhole was open for storm drainage system construction, she said.

The construction company that employs the worker and Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials are investigating the incident.

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