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Report: Construction worker injured on Daytona grandstand project

Apr 21, 2014, 2:02 PM EST

Tax breaks for facility improvements such as Daytona Rising are once again under consideration by Congress. (Rendering courtesy Daytona International Speedway) AP

The Daytona Beach News-Journal is reporting that a 43-year-old construction worker sustained a head injury over the weekend while working on the new grandstands at Daytona International Speedway.

Local fire officials told the N-J that the unidentified man had his head compressed between a steel beam and a scissor lift. He was working almost 100 feet above the ground on the third floor of the structure.

After being rescued by his co-workers, the man was immobilized and carried down to an ambulance by firefighters. He was transported to Halifax Health in “serious but stable condition.”

Per the paper, reports on the accident had the man both controlling and ascending the lift at the time.

Last year, renovations worth $400 million began for the “World Center of Racing,” which hosts the season-opening Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400 around the 4th of July.

The project, known as Daytona Rising, is scheduled to be completed in January of 2016 and is expected to transform DIS with a modernized grandstand that features wider seats, expanded concourses, and escalators.

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