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Construction Worker Falls In Hole At Raleigh Wastewater Treatment Plant

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A construction worker was trapped in a small space after falling into a hole just after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Raleigh Wastewater Treatment Plant just off of Battle Bridge Road.

Crowder Construction, the worker's employer, said the Hispanic male has been with the company for two years. The worker, whose name has not been released, was transported to WakeMed with non-life threatening injuries.

The accident was the second in a week involving an Hispanic construction worker in Raleigh. Another Hispanic worker was in WakeMed in critical condition Wednesday after falling 80 feet off Carter-Finley Stadium on another construction site.

In the past three months, there have been six construction accidents in Wake and Johnston counties involving Hispanic workers.

While workplace deaths in North Carolina have been dropping, the number of Hispanics killed on the job has been rising.

The latest federal numbers showed 203 workplace deaths in the state in 2001. The tragedies dropped dramatically in 2002 to 169.

Hispanic numbers go the other direction. Twenty workers died in 2001; 25 were killed on job sites in 2002.

The Raleigh Police Department, Wake County EMS and Knightdale EMS all responded to Wednesday's accident to help with the rescue.

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