Construction worker collapses at Cotton Mill condos site

An ambulance backs in to pick up a construction worker hurt at the Cotton Mill condo project on Nov. 14. (Cornwall Newswatch)

This story has been updated from an earlier version to clarify that the worker collapsed and didn’t fall with comments from company officials.

CORNWALL – A construction worker was taken by ambulance to the Cornwall Community Hospital after being treated at the scene by paramedics after collapsing at the Cotton Mill condominium construction site.

Cornwall firefighters and paramedics were called to the condo site at 705 Cotton Mill Street just after the lunch hour.

Fire Chief Richard McCullough says the worker had a “fainting spell” while working in the building and did not fall from the building.

McCullough said firefighters used the bucket on the aerial ladder truck to bring the man down from the building, where he was loaded into a waiting ambulance.

EMS Chief Myles Cassidy says the construction worker — a man in his 50s — was treated by paramedics at the scene.

Cassidy says the fire and paramedic crews did an excellent job together to get the man to ground level to treat him.

In an email to Cornwall Newswatch (comment below), RMP Construction President Robert Pelda says the worker suffered a heart attack.

Ontario Ministry of Labour spokesman William Lin tells Cornwall Newswatch an investigator was sent to the scene this afternoon.

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