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Construction worker plunges 20 feet down air vent at Coca-Cola HQ, fire officials say

A construction worker had to be rescued Dec. 21 after falling nearly 20 feet down an air vent at Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta.

A construction worker had to be rescued Dec. 21 after falling nearly 20 feet down an air vent at Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta.

Screengrab from Atlanta Fire Rescue’s Facebook page

A construction worker needed to be rescued after plunging nearly 20 feet down an air vent at Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta, multiple news outlets reported.

The accident occurred Dec. 21 when the worker, who wasn’t named, fell several feet underground from atop the air vent around 10:30 a.m., according to Atlanta Fire Rescue officials.

“After a thorough assessment, it was determined extrication must happen vertically with assistance from nearly 40 firefighters,” officials said in a news release.

Video of the rescue showed crews hoisting the worker through the air shaft on a stretcher. Officials didn’t detail the extent of his injuries but said that he complained of leg pain, WXIA reported.

The construction worker was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was recovering as of Dec. 22, according to WSB-TV.

Tanasia is a national Real-Time reporter based in Atlanta covering news across Georgia, Mississippi and the southeastern U.S. Her sub-beat is retail and consumer news. She’s an alumna of Kennesaw State University and joined McClatchy in 2020.

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