A construction worker suffered a facial cut after he lost his balance and fell more than 20 feet while working on a new luxury hotel in Westhampton Beach on Friday morning.
The 23-year-old contractor, who was working at the old Dune Deck property on Dune Road at the time, fell over a guardrail after attempting to step back onto a ladder at around 9:30 a.m., authorities said.
Originally, authorities requested a helicopter to transport the man, whose name has not been released by Westhampton Beach Village Police, but called it off due to foggy conditions. Instead, he was transported by the Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance to the Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.
The worker suffered only a cut on his head, according to police.
“He fell and, luckily, we have plywood stops there that broke the fall,” said Discovery Land Senior Vice President Mark Hissey, whose company is building the new luxury hotel. “No broken bones.”
A helicopter was called because initial reports stated the victim suffered head trauma.
Buddy Wines, who owns RLW4 Builders in Southampton, said Saturday that while his company is overseeing work at the site, the injured worker was an employee of New Century Construction.
Construction on the new 32,141-square-foot resort, called Dune Deck, began in October on land that, prior to its demolition this past summer, had housed the Dune Deck cooperative. The developers behind the new hotel, Arizona-based Discovery Land Company, intend to knock out as much work as they can before April 1, 2016, when construction will come to a halt for the next five months due to a combination of factors, including the expected arrival of the endangered piping plovers.
Work on the oceanfront resort is expected to be completed by summer 2017.