May 27, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Man impaled at Detroit wastewater treatment plant released from hospital

Detroit — A man who was impaled Tuesday morning on rebar at a wastewater treatment plant has been released from the hospital, according to the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department.

The incident occurred at about 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at the department’s plant in the 9300 block of Jefferson, fire department officials said.

The man, a subcontract worker with Collette Construction, was working on a fire alarm upgrade and doing a survey when he fell onto some reinforced steel, said Greg Eno, department spokesman.

The man’s side was punctured about an inch deep. He was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital and later released, Eno said.

“An internal investigation will take place to determine how this happened and if it can be prevented in the future,” he said.

The plant is the largest single-site wastewater treatment facilities in the United States and serves 35 percent of the state’s population, including Detroit and residents in 76 other communities in a service area of more than 946 square miles, according to the department’s website.