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Construction worker in Durham hurt when beam falls on portable toilet, police say

Posted November 8, 2017 5:09 p.m. EST
Updated July 12, 2018 2:13 p.m. EDT

— A construction worker using a portable toilet on a job site in Durham was critically injured Wednesday when a large metal beam fell from the fifth floor of a building crushing the toilet while the man was inside, police said.

The man, whose identity has not been released, was rushed to a local hospital.

Durham police tweeted that the incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. at a construction site located at 400 Morris Street. Authorities said the construction site is part of the Durham Innovation District, which will include 1.3 million square feet of parking, retail, office and residential space, according to the project's website.

A spokesperson with Barnhill Contracting Company, which was working at the construction site, said the injured worker was employed by a local plumbing company and was still receiving treatment at a local hospital Wednesday night.

An official with the Department of Labor was on the scene Wednesday night to investigate the incident, which is typical.