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Construction Worker injured in fall at Maine Water Treatment Plant

OXFORD – A construction worker at the wastewater treatment plant site on Route 121 was taken to a hospital after falling 25 feet face- first onto metal bars stacked flat Tuesday morning.

Robert McClure, 51, suffered injuries that are not life- threatening. He was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Oxford Rescue Capt. Paul Hewey said.

Hewey said the accident occurred at around 10 a.m. as workers installed reinforcing bars near the top of a large concrete basin. McClure was working beside other workers when his safety harness became disengaged and he fell, according to a supervisor from T- Buck Construction, the contractors overseeing the site.

The basin, which will eventually hold water as it’s treated in a state-of-the-art sewer facility, is separated from the rest of the site and was only accessible after firefighters from Poland cut a swath through the reinforcing bars, Hewey said.

Once there, workers put McClure onto a stretcher lowered by a crane from the surface. He was lifted and carried by waiting Oxford emergency responders to an ambulance.

The man was conscious, alert and talking, Hewey said.

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