PHOTOS: A privately-contracted worker who fell while inspecting cables below the George Washington Bridge this morning was hoisted 80 feet to safety by a Port Authority police rescue team.
Officers lifted the 47-year-old worker in a basket 80 feet up the side of an interior wall of the bridge tower to a catwalk on the New Jersey side after he slipped and fell nearly 15 feet in the 8:45 a.m. mishap, the authority’s Joseph Pentangelo told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
They then carried him up several flights of stairs, he said.
Fort Lee EMS took him to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center with injuries to his right leg and ankle that weren’t considered life-threatening.
The area where the worker fell, known as the New Jersey Anchorage, is a structure that extends 80 feet below the bridge tower into bedrock, Pentangelo explained.
It anchors four “barrel cables” that run the 4,760 feet of the bridge. These are different from the nearly 600 “stringer” cables that hang vertically along the bridge, he said.
To get to the worker, they had to descend 200 or so steep steps that, due to the weather, “were wet and partially iced,” Pentangelo said.
PHOTOS: Courtesy PORT AUTHORITY POLICE DEPT.
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