Worker critically injured after struck by falling plywood on UK campus

jmadden@herald-leader.comFebruary 19, 2014 

A man was rushed Wednesday to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with critical injuries after he was struck by plywood that fell off the roof of a building under construction on campus, UK police chief Joe Monroe said.

The construction worker was helping to load plywood while standing on the ground when he was hit by a piece of the wood that flew off the Haggin Hall roof, Monroe said. The man, whose name was not available, is 24, university spokesman Carl Nathe said.

It's unclear what the worker was loading plywood onto while standing in the courtyard of the building, Nathe said. The accident occurred about 11:50 a.m.

The plywood fell about five stories from a dormitory that has been under construction for about a year, Nathe said. The building is near William T. Young Library.

The construction company, Messer Construction Co., and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration probably will conduct an investigation, Nathe said.

Justin Madden: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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