Scaffolding falls on worker at new Atlanta Falcons stadium site

A construction worker was being treated for a severe head injury Wednesday after metal scaffolding fell on him at the site of the new Atlanta Falcons stadium, officials said.

The incident occurred at about 9:15 a.m. near the intersection of Mangum and Mitchell streets, under a concrete structure on the east side of the new stadium site.

Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer Kim Jones said the worker suffered a severe head injury, but further details were not available. Jennifer LeMaster, spokeswoman for the Georgia World Congress Center, whose police force is now the lead agency investigating the scaffolding accident, said she had no additional information.

On Wednesday afternoon, project director Pete Pemantell released a statement on behalf of the Holder, Hunt, HJ Russell and CD Moody construction companies, who are working on the stadium. He said the worker was injured during “scaffold removal” and was “taken to medical facilities where he is currently being treated.”

“The area of the accident has been secured and we are conducting a thorough investigation into the cause of the accident,” the statement said. “Our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of our workers, and our thoughts and prayers are with the injured worker and his family.”

Officials with the Atlanta Falcons did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Ground was broken last May on the Falcons’ new stadium, which is going up on a site just south of the current Georgia Dome. Construction is expected to be completed in time for the 2017 football season.