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Construction worker injured at job site in Ridgefield

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor
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The driver of a concrete mixer truck was seriously injured Friday morning after a concrete pump truck tipped, launching him off of a ladder and into nearby equipment, at a construction site in the 7100 block of South 10th Street in Ridgefield.
The driver of a concrete mixer truck was seriously injured Friday morning after a concrete pump truck tipped, launching him off of a ladder and into nearby equipment, at a construction site in the 7100 block of South 10th Street in Ridgefield. (Clark County Fire & Rescue) Photo Gallery

The driver of a concrete mixer truck was seriously injured Friday morning after a concrete pump truck tipped, launching him off of a ladder and into nearby equipment.

Clark County Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched at 7:47 a.m. to the 7100 block of South 10th Street in Ridgefield for a report of traumatic injuries resulting from an accident at a construction site, Chief John Nohr said.

One of the workers suffered multiple broken bones, including his ribs, and was on the ground being tended to by co-workers, Nohr said.

It appeared the outriggers, which help stabilize the concrete pump, either failed or sank into the ground, Nohr said, causing the truck to tip to its side and front. The concrete mixer was backed up to the pump truck at the time, and the driver was on a ladder pouring water into the barrel, he said.

The rear of the pump truck rapidly popped up, throwing the man into the air. He crashed into another piece of equipment, before falling to the ground, Nohr said.

The man was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Crews were on scene for about a half-hour. TLC Towing was also on scene attempting to help right the pump truck, Nohr said.

The exact cause of the mishap will be investigated.

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