DC Fire & EMS responded at 7:58 a.m. for what was initially described as a confined space rescue.
When units arrived, they found two construction workers had been injured by a falling steel beam. It was being lowered by a crane into the open construction pit when it broke free and fell a short distance, striking one man in the head and the other across the back.
Both men fell off a ladder, landing 10 feet onto other construction materials. Utilizing two rescue squads, the special operations division commander coordinated the effort.
Both men were secured in a Stokes basket before being raised to street level. A crane was utilized in the effort.
They were treated and then transported to George Washington Hospital.