According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, an Ames construction employee working on the Dresbach Bridge fell approximately 40-feet on Nov. 6 into the Pier 2 coffer dam.
Another worker witnessed the fall, initiated the emergency response plan and called La Crosse County 911.
Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance received the call at 9:07 a.m., and a paramedic ambulance and two paramedic supervisors arrived on-scene at 9:18 a.m.
First responders were quickly transported by a waiting boat from the Minnesota side of the river to the rescue site where they were able to rescue the worker from the coffer dam and quickly transport him to a local hospital.
“Right now our immediate concern is the health and welfare of the injured worker. Work on Pier 2 has temporarily stopped while the incident is being investigated, but work on the rest of the project is continuing. There is no impact to traffic on the construction site,” said Mark Anderson, MnDOT project manager. “This was the first lost-time incident on the project.”
In a statement from Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance, it was noted that there was very good communication provided by the construction crew, who provided proper information to the La Crosse County 911 dispatcher, which helped Gundersen Tri-State ambulance quickly locate the appropriate people on-site to take them to the immediate scene.
Additional updates will be provided as soon as they become available.