Contractor injured while working on Pali Highway slope stabilization project

Contractor injured while working on Pali Highway slope stabilization project
Photos taken Friday, March 3 show state employees working to repair portions of the Pali Highway and reinforce the slope mountainous slope above the roadway. (Photos: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 47-year-old contractor working on repairs to the Honolulu-bound lanes of the Pali Highway was seriously injured this week by falling branches.

The state Transportation Department said the man was operating a forklift when he was hit.

The work was part of ongoing repair work to slopes above the Honolulu-bound lanes of the highway. Officials hope to have the highway reopened by August.

A DOT spokesman said that the injury underscores the dangerous conditions contractors are encountering.

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