Milpitas, CA – The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) is investigating a fall that left a construction worker injured in the east Milpitas hills last week, an agency spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old man, who is employed by a directional drilling company, fell while walking on a platform catwalk and was impaled by a fence post shortly before 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Emergency crews responded to the construction site about 1 mile east of 10000 London Drive, where construction crews were apparently working on a water tank, according to the Milpitas fire department.
Crews arrived to find the man had already been removed from the fence. He was airlifted from the scene and taken to Stanford Medical Center.
The man suffered internal injuries and underwent surgery for nine hours.
Medical personnel initially believed he would not survive past the first night, but he is still alive and receiving treatment.
Cal/OSHA has six months to reach a conclusion on the incident.