Seattle construction worker falls 8 stories into safety net

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle construction worker is in critical condition after falling eight stories into a safety net.

It’s unclear what led to the man’s fall Monday. Seattle Fire Department officials identified him as an ironworker and said he fell from the 20th floor of the building to safety netting at the 12th floor.

Authorities said the man, in his 30s, suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to Harborview Medical Center. Hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg told The Associated Press the man was in critical condition.

The incident happened near 8th Avenue and Lenora Street in downtown Seattle shortly before 11 a.m.

KING-TV reported that the area was blocked off to traffic as Seattle police investigated.