Man dies after medical emergency at construction site

October 30, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police say a construction worker who suffered a medical emergency while working on a scaffolding in Rhode Island about 45 feet off the ground has died.

Firefighters responded to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Providence at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday after workers flagged down an officer working a detail nearby.

Two police officers scaled the scaffolding and performed CPR on the man for 15 minutes.

The worker was lowered to the ground in a basket and taken to Rhode Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The cause is under investigation

Mark Sutherland, rector at St. Martin’s, said he was “deeply shocked” by the death and said the victim was a “cheerful and happy person.”