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Construction Worker Hurt at 3 World Trade Center

By  Julie  Shapiro and Paul DeBenedetto | July 13, 2012 3:38pm | Updated on July 13, 2012 7:47pm

3 World Trade Center, where an accident occurred on July 13.
3 World Trade Center, where an accident occurred on July 13.
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WORLD TRADE CENTER — A construction accident at the World Trade Center site sent one worker to the hospital on Friday, officials said.

At 1:54 p.m. on Friday, FDNY received word of the accident at the incomplete 3 World Trade Center and EMTs were dispatched to Church Street and Cortlandt Street.

One construction worker was taken to Bellevue Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the FDNY said.

The worker was an ironworker with Falcon Steel Company who was helping prepare a load of steel at ground level, according to Tishman Construction spokesman John Gallagher. He was injured when a beam rolled over him as he was rigging it to be lifted, Gallagher said.

"We are cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation of the incident," Gallagher said in an emailed statement.

There was no word on what caused the accident. A spokesman for the building's landlord, Silverstein Properties, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This marks the seventh construction accident at the World Trade Center in four months.

In February, a crane dropped steel beams 40 stories. In April, an ironworker was saved by his harness when he fell five feet from a scaffold and cut his head. Another construction worker fell from a scaffold in May, and plywood fell on top of him. On June 12, a fire broke out at 4 World Trade Center.

And at the end of June, consecutive accidents struck at 4 World Trade Center. On June 26, a construction worker was impaled on a metal rod, and on June 27, a crane carrying beams crashed into the side of the building and shattered windows near the top of the building.