Andover carpenter suffers head injury in 24-foot fall

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NEWRY – A 22-year-old Andover man was listed in stable condition late Friday night after he fell on his head from second-floor staging into the cellar of a home under construction in Newry.

Jessie Farrington was being treated at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston and was in stable condition at 9:30 p.m., a nursing supervisor said.

The accident occurred at a construction site in The Peaks subdivision on Mount Will, Med-Care Ambulance paramedic Glenn Prescott said Friday afternoon in Mexico. He was flown by medical helicopter from atop the mountain to Lewiston, he said.

“Based on initial appearance, there was potential for a severe head injury. There was definitely significant head trauma,” Prescott said at the Med-Care station in Mexico.

The accident happened about 10:45 a.m. at a house lot at 19 Panorama Drive, which overlooks the Sunday River valley.

Bruce Lilly of Bethel, a developer with Maine Mountain Properties, which is building The Peaks on Mount Will opposite Sunday River Ski Resort, said Farrington was working with a framing crew when he slipped off staging.

Prescott said that according to site workers, their crew member fell 24 feet through a stairwell, struck a staircase on the way down, and was seen hitting head first.

Med-Care asked Bethel Rescue, which was closer, to respond first. Newry firefighters set up a landing zone that was moved closer to the scene because the injured man became combative, which can be caused by a head injury, Prescott said.

When that happens, Med-Care doesn’t have the ability to apply a sedative to prevent an injured patient from doing further harm, but LifeFlight medics do, he added.

“He could also have just been irate at being strapped to a backboard. At one point, there were seven of us in the back of the truck trying to restrain him to prevent him from doing further injury to himself. He needed to go to a higher level of care,” Prescott said.

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