Nova Scotia

Worker in critical condition after fall

A 48-year-old man is in critical condition at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax after falling from scaffolding at a Digby construction site, police say.

A 48-year-old man is in critical condition at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax after falling from scaffolding at a Digby construction site, police say.

The accident happened at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Tide View Terrace site.

A second man involved in the accident suffered only minor injuries.

Digby RCMP Const. Tim MacDonald said the two men climbed up on the scaffolding to put up a board.

"When they were putting it up, one person appears to have stepped off the scaffolding and supported himself on the window sill. And somehow the scaffolding slid and both males dropped to the ground," MacDonald said.

"They both lost their hard hats. One male struck his head, was taken to the hospital and then transported to Halifax."

The other man, aged 36, fell on his side on the scaffolding, MacDonald said. "He was up and moving around, treated at the hospital and released."

The men were about a metre-and-a-half off the ground when they fell.

The incident is being investigated by the Digby RCMP and the provincial Department of Labour.

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