NEW INFORMATION: Name released of worker who fell at construction site

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TOWN OF CAMPBELL, Wis. (WEAU) -- NEW INFORMATION: Deputies have released the name of the construction worker who fell 45 feet near an interstate bridge in the Town of Campbell.

The Chief Deputy with the Winona County Sheriff's Department says the man has been identified as 19-year-old Logan Scott Goodell from Wheeler, WI.

Goodell was working for Ames Construction Wednesday at the Dresbach Bridge when he fell onto a coffer dam. The sheriff's department tells us Goodell did have a helmet and safety gear on but "wasn't tied off." They say Goodell somehow went off the platform and fell.

He was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries. There's no update on his condition.

The Winona County Sheriff's Office is investigating and says OSHA will likely also be involved.
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TOWN OF CAMPBELL, Wis. (WEAU) -- A construction worker is in the hospital after falling approximately 45 feet near an interstate bridge.

The 19-year-old man was working at the Dresbach Bridge Wednesday morning, which is where I-90 crosses the Wisconsin-Minnesota border near La Crosse.

The Town of Campbell Fire Department responded to the Dresbach Bridge just after 9:00 Wednesday morning.

The Town of Campbell Fire Department said the construction worker fell about 45 feet into a coffer dam.

That’s a large, metal structure that’s part of the construction project.

“He was lifted out of the coffer dam on a basket by a crane and set down on the tugboat with medical people out there from Campbell and La Crescent and was brought to shore,” said Town of Campbell Assistant Fire Chief Gary Brauer.

Brauer says the 19-year-old man was taken by Tri-State Ambulance to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.

“I think everything went as smooth as things could go. It was a long, tedious job,” said Brauer.

Minnesota Department of Transportation project manager Mark Anderson said what happened is unfortunate.

He also said the DOT takes worker safety seriously.

“The whole goal is to be able to go home at the end of the night, that you know you did your job and you were able to go home safely,” said Anderson.

Anderson said work on Pier 2 has been shut down for Wednesday, but work on the rest of project is continuing.

Anderson said he’s been told the man works for Ames Construction.

We tried contacting Ames Construction, but haven't heard back.

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORATION NEWS) -- According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, a construction employee working on the Dresbach Bridge fell approximately 40-feet this morning into the Pier 2 coffer dam.

Another worker witnessed the fall, initiated the emergency response plan, and called La Crosse County 911.

Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance received the call at 9:07 a.m., and a paramedic ambulance and two paramedic supervisors arrived on-scene at 9:18 a.m.

First responders were quickly transported by a waiting boat from the Minnesota side of the river to the rescue site, where they were able to rescue the worker from the coffer dam and quickly transport him to a local hospital.

“Right now our immediate concern is the health and welfare of the injured worker. Work on Pier 2 has temporarily stopped while the incident is being investigated, but work on the rest of the project is continuing. There is no impact to traffic on the construction site,” said Mark Anderson, MnDOT project manager. “This was the first lost-time incident on the project.”

In a statement from Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance, it was noted that there was very good communication provided by the construction crew, who provided proper information to the La Crosse County 911 dispatcher which helped Gundersen Tri-State ambulance quickly locate the appropriate people on-site to take them to the immediate scene.

Additional updates will be provided as soon as they become available.
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TOWN OF CAMPBELL, Wis. (TOWN OF CAMPBELL FIRE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) --On November 6, 2013 at 0909 hours, the Town of Campbell Fire Department responded to the Interstate 90 Mississippi River Bridge on the Wisconsin/Minnesota border, for a worker that had fallen approximately 45 feet. The worker had fallen into a coffer dam, a large metal structure that had been built in support of the bridge construction project.

Campbell Firefighters and Campbell F.D. Emergency Medical Technicians, along with Tri - State Ambulance Paramedics, were transported to the scene by boat, and initiated a rescue of the 19 year-old worker, raising him with a rescue basket and crane. The patient was then transferred by boat to a waiting Tri - State Ambulance at an adjacent rest - area boat landing and transported to Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center for medical care.

"In the weeks and months leading up to this construction, we have had extensive pre-incident planning conversations with Ames Construction, including several meetings with Ames' Safety Teams and local emergency services. The on - scene cooperation and
planned response between emergency services and Ames Construction at the scene worked very well as a result of this planning," states Chief Nate Melby.

Other agencies assisting at the scene were Town of Campbell Police, La Crescent Fire/Rescue, La Crescent Police, Minnesota State Patrol, and the Winona County Sheriff's Department.
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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) --Crews rescued a man who fell at the Dresbach Bridge construction area in La Crosse Wednesday morning.

Tom Tornstrom from Tri-State Ambulance says the man fell 40-50 feet at a cofferdam, which is a structure being built in the middle of the Mississippi River for the new bridge.

Crews took the man by boat to an ambulance, and then to a local hospital. The Assistant Fire Chief says the man has severe injuries.

"“I think everything went as smooth as things could go. It was a long, tedious job, the conclusion came to a successful end,” said Assistant Chief Gary Brauer of the Town of Campbell Fire Department.

“As of right now, all we can do it wait, and see what happens with the victim.”

We'll have more on this story in our evening newscasts and on weau.com.
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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) --The Assistant Fire Chief says crews took a man in his 20's to the hospital Wednesday morning. There's no word yet on the extent of his injuries.
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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) --Tom Tornstrom from Tri-State Ambulance now says the victim is out of the cofferdam. Crews will take the person by boat to be transported by ambulance to a local hospital.
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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) --Crews are working to rescue a person who fell at the Dresbach Bridge construction area on Wednesday morning.

Tom Tornstrom from Tri-State Ambulance says the victim fell 40-50 feet and crews are at a cofferdam right now, which is a structure that's being built in the middle of the Mississippi River for the new bridge. He says crews have to access the scene by boat, and that he has an ambulance and two paramedic supervisors at the scene. Tornstrom couldn't say whether the victim was a man or woman, but anticipates that the person has life-threatening injuries.

We also have a crew headed to the scene and we'll bring you more information as it becomes available.


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