A worker was injured during a renovation project at Elmira College on June 10, 2011 just before 11:30 a.m. The incident took place when an unknown item fell on the construction worker, who was working on Cowles Hall. First aid was given at the site of the accident, but the injured worker had to be transferred to the hospital. Paramedics needed to transfer the worker in a Stokes basket, which is a special kind of stretcher with sides used to rescue and immobilize a patient to avoid further injury.

Although additional details, including the nature of the accident and the worker's name, have not yet been released, the object that fell on the worker was assumed to be construction material. The worker reportedly was not pinned by the object. The name of the worker's employer also has not yet been released.

The Cowles Hall project is expected to be completed in 2012. The historic building, first opened in 1855, has been closed for 20 years due to concerns about safety and structural integrity.

The New York workers' compensation attorneys with Markhoff & Mittman, PC hope that the unidentified worker recovers quickly and that the renovation project is completed without further injuries.