The Nashville Fire Department responded to the Music City Center at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday after a worker fell as much as 40 feet when something he was standing on gave way.
The man, whose identity was not released, was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center after suffering serious injuries in the fall, according to NFD Deputy Chief Kim Lawson. She said, however, the injuries did not appear to be life threatening.
Holly McCall, spokeswoman for the Nashville Convention Center Authority, said the worker was installing a glass curtain wall when a ground-level grate on which he was standing gave way. McCall said the worker fell at least 20 feet, while the fire department's Lawson estimated it could have been up to 40 feet. The MCC onsite paramedic staff reached the worker first before the fire department responded, stabilized the man and transported him to the hospital.
Lawson said fire crews prepared to rescue the man via the opening through which he fell. They were, however, able to reach him through a basement-level room. She added that the fire department has not been required to respond to many incidents at the MCC work site during the two years of onsite work.
“We pride ourselves on a strong safety program and to date have had only minor injuries,” McCall said.