Calgary Man in life-threatening Condition after Construction Accident

A Calgary man is in a serious condition in hospital following a workplace accident last week. The 30 year old man became trapped on a mechanical lift inside a building and had to be rescued by emergency services.

The incident is example of how sometimes accidents cannot be avoided even when the proper safety precautions are followed. The man involved was wearing a safety harness and appears to have still been wearing it at the time when he was rescued.

It appears that the worker was working on a mechanical life when his head was trapped between the controls of the lift and the ceiling of the second floor as he was raising the basket of the machine. Work on the site has been stopped as investigations into the incident are carried out.

Read what a post on www.calgaryherald.com reported on the incident:

1Fire crews were called to an industrial area on Royal Vista Drive N.W. at around 4 p.m. after receiving a 911 call that a man was trapped on a lift inside the building, said spokeswoman Carol Henke.

“Fire crews brought him down and started basic trauma life support until EMS arrived,” she said. “It looked like he was on a scissor lift or genie lift.”

He was wheeled out to a waiting ambulance still wearing what appeared to be a safety harness.

EMS spokesman Steve Grant said the man was taken to Foothills Hospital in critical, life-threatening condition.

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety officials were notified, a department spokeswoman confirmed.

Jennifer Dagsvik said the man was working on a mechanical lift while taping a ceiling inside a two-storey commercial building when the incident happened.

The man’s head became trapped between the controls of the lift and the ceiling of the second floor as he was raising the basket of the machine.

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As this incident demonstrates work with a mechanical lift can be dangerous and therefore there are certain steps that need to be followed. Firstly and most importantly workers that operate mechanical lifts should be trained to do so.

Lifting heavy leads by mechanical means is an essential part of construction work. However, there is also a great risk of failure from such equipment. By taking some simple precautions when using lifting equipment, moving heavy loads around can be achieved safely, without personal injury.

It is also important that in addition to the specialised training that construction workers should receive on their trades, every worker should also undergo general construction training in the form of a White Card.

The White Card training is a state-wide legal requirement that is aimed at making construction sites safer and getting workers home safely at the end of each day.

Although construction sites are full of hazards that threaten workers health and safety, workers needn’t suffer harm while simply trying to earn a living, basic safety training can help workers stay safe.

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