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Contractor hurt while working at Y


WESTERLY — An unidentified contractor working on an automated divider in the gym at the Ocean Community YMCA was injured when he apparently came in contact with an electrical component Wednesday.

The man was on scaffolding to work on the divider, which is used to separate the gym for separate activities, when the accident happened at about 3 p.m., according to Maureen Fitzgerald, executive director of the Y.

She said employees of the Y who are trained for emergency responses aided the man as 911 was called. Fitzgerald said a Code 11 was announced, which indicates to staff that their response is needed for a an extreme emergency such as a heart attack or stroke.

Vice President of Operations Tim Babcock, who was the first to get to the injured man, said the worker was in pain but not unconscious. Dan Matczak, the Y’s maintenance director, climbed the scaffolding to help the injured contractor as they awaited emergency services.

Westerly Ambulance Corps personnel were called to the scene as well as the Westerly and Pawcatuck fire departments. Firefighters helped with getting access to the scaffolding to bring the man down.

WAC Chief Bethany Gingerella said she expected the injured man to survive his injuries. He was transported to The Westerly Hospital.



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