Pregnant construction worker critical after 12m plunge

Jeff Wicks, News24

Durban - A pregnant construction worker is in a critical condition after a four storey plunge at a worksite near Town Bush Road in Chase Valley, Pietermaritzburg, on Wednesday.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said the woman had fallen while working on scaffolding.

It is understood that she had uncoupled her tether to move to another section when she slipped and fell.

Falling nearly 12m, she hit scaffolding on her way to the ground.

“Paramedics arrived on the scene to find the patient lying among the nearby scaffolding,” he said.

“Paramedics assessed the patient and found she had sustained a serious injury to her head as well as her back. Treatment as well as advanced life support interventions were performed on the patient to stabilise her vital signs,” Meiring added.

“It is understood that the patient lost her footing, causing her to fall the four storeys and collide with the scaffolding.”