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updated: 11/29/2010 10:49 PM

Man falls through hole at Palatine construction site

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A worker at the construction site of a Palatine Harley-Davidson store fell 20 feet through a hole into a basement and was knocked unconscious Monday morning.

The rescue call came in at 10:48 a.m. and the Palatine technical rescue team was brought in to pull the man out of the basement, said Palatine Fire Department Batallion Chief William Gabrenya.

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The man landed on concrete 20 feet below and was not able to be reached because the basement did not have stairs leading out, Gabrenya said.

The construction site at 2009 N. Rand Road is for a new City Limits Harley-Davidson shop.

Gabrenya said the man regained consciousness by the time rescue crews arrived and was put in a basket and raised through a 6-by-6 foot hole in the first floor.

He was transported to Northwest Community Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Gabrenya did not know how the man fell through the hole, but described it as a big pit with very tall ceilings.

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