By Julie Shapiro and Ben Fractenberg
FINANCIAL DISTRICT — A construction worker was hospitalized Thursday when a piece of metal from the World Trade Center site fell onto his leg, officials said.
The unidentified worker was on the fifth level of the One World Trade Center high-rise project — the site of the future Freedom Tower — when he was hurt about 12:43 p.m., according to officials from the FDNY and the Port Authority.
The worker was taken to Bellevue Hospital with minor injuries, an FDNY spokesman said.
A source said the worker was employed by the Canadian company Collavino Construction, which is the primary contractor responsible for pouring the concrete at the site, according to the website Construction Today.com.
An official who answered the phone at the company’s New Jersey offices said he was not aware that any of their workers were injured.
In March, another worker was injured at the site when he fell 20 feet into a hole from the fourth or fifth level of the building, the FDNY said at the time.
During that incident, the FDNY was barred from entering the WTC site, which is under the control of the Port Authority. The injured worker was carried to the FDNY and the EMS workers outside the construction site, the FDNY said at the time.
The FDNY said there were no such restrictions to their access during the latest incident.