A longtime state Department of Administration employee remained in intensive care at WakeMed late Monday after he was injured when a one-man lift toppled over at the State Archives building in downtown Raleigh.
The worker had “severe head trauma,” said Department of Administration spokesman Chris Mears, but it’s not clear if the lift hit him in the head or if the machine knocked him down and he struck his head on the ground or some other object.
The accident happened shortly before 10 a.m. Two Facilities Management Division employees were working on the exterior lighting of the archives building at the corner of Jones and Blount streets, Mears said.
Mears said the workers were setting up the one-man lift, which he likened to scaffolding with a hydraulic motor used to lift a worker up higher.
Other workers at the scene contacted State Capitol police, who administered CPR before an ambulance arrived.
Mears declined to release the worker’s name “out of respect for him and his family.” The State Department of Labor is investigating the accident.