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Worker Survives Impalement in Fall

Thursday, March 12, 2015

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A 62-year-old worker on a waste plant construction site has survived a horrific fall that left him impaled on a length of rebar.

The victim, of Taunton, MA, fell about 15 feet at the site in Rochester, MA, and reportedly remained conscious for more than an hour while rescuers worked to extricate him.

Rochester Fire Department via Sippican Week

The victim was airlifted to Rhode Island Hospital Trauma Center after a complex extrication. His condition was not available Wednesday.

The victim's name was not released, and his condition was unavailable Wednesday (March 11). quoted Rochester Fire Chief Scott Weigel as saying that the victim had suffered massive internal injuries in the incident, which occurred shortly after 8:30 a.m. Saturday (March 7).

Slip and Fall

Several news accounts identified the victim as a welder.

The man had been working on a second-floor deck when he "slipped onto the first landing, hitting a steel rod that impaled him in the chest," The Boston Globe reported, citing Rochester Police Chief Paul Magee.

The four-foot bar went completely through the man's body, South Coast Today said. Crews used a hydraulic tool to cut the worker and free the victim, reported.

The scene is the site of new construction of a 90,000-square-foot Zero Waste Solutions facility, news reports said.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident and has six months to complete its work.

NBC 10 News

The construction worker fell 15 feet while working on the second floor of the Zero Waste Solutions facility.

Fabrication Subcontractor

OSHA identified the victim's employer as Barnes Building & Management Group of Weymouth, MA. Established in 1996, Barnes provides steel erection and metal installation services, according to its website.

Barnes was a subcontractor for ABC Disposal Service Inc., of New Bedford, MA. The company describes itself as the largest independent family-owned solid waste and recycling company in the Southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island market area.

Neither Barnes, ABC, fire officials nor OSHA responded Wednesday to a request for comment.

Tough Rescue

Crews responded from two fire companies and remained on the scene two and a half hours, also staging a landing zone for a Life Flight helicopter that transported the victim to the Rhode Island Hospital Trauma Center, the local Sippican Week reported.

NBC10 News reported that the victim had undergone surgery.

Meanwhile, the fire chief called the rescue "one of the toughest" he had ever been involved with, the station said.



Tagged categories: Accidents; Commercial contractors; Fall protection; Health & Safety; North America; Rebar; Waste Processing Plant

Comment from paul graham, (3/12/2015, 8:41 AM)

These companies should be mandated to respond. It is imperative to have transparent investigations for the industry to promote a safer workplace. All and any involved can provide valuable information to prevent these accidents.

Comment from Chuck Pease, (3/12/2015, 1:46 PM)

Without knowing all the details, the1st 2 thoughts that come to mind, where was his leading edge fall protection, and why wasn't the rebar capped off?

Comment from Anna Jolly, (3/13/2019, 4:31 PM)

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