A male worker was injured Friday at a construction site in Silver Spring for the light rail Purple Line. Credit: Photo via Pete Piringer

A construction worker for the light rail Purple Line was injured after being struck by a crane in downtown Silver Spring Friday, a Montgomery County Fire & Rescue spokesman said.

Fire & Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer said in an interview Friday afternoon that the man was struck around 11:30 a.m. at a work site behind the county’s district courthouse near Apple Avenue. Piringer said the man suffered “significant injuries to his lower extremities,” but his injuries were not life-threatening.

The Purple Line is a 16-mile light rail line that will connect Bethesda and New Carrollton. The project is estimated to be completed by 2023.

Carla Julian, a spokeswoman for Purple Line Transit Constructors (PLTC), the project’s contractor, wrote in an email Friday that the worker was at a site where crews are building an access road for an “abutment” that will allow trains to travel over Colesville Road. The crane was placing sheet piles for the road, she wrote.

“PLTC takes the safety of our workers and the traveling public very seriously — safety is one of our core values. Our thoughts and support are with this worker and his family as he progresses to recovery,” she wrote.

In an interview, Julian said the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health is investigating. She declined to provide details about the worker, citing the fact that the incident was under investigation.


Dan Schere can be reached at Daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com