Friday, March 30, 2012

Technical Rescue: Man Pulled Into Rock Crusher

 Construction worker pulled into a rock crusher at a Irvine building project Wednesday. 

Update: Construction worker an unidentified man, in his 30s or 40s, suffered major head trauma and other injuries underwent surgery Wednesday night.

What: The victim fell onto a conveyor belt which moves large chunks of rebar-laced concrete into a rock crusher. The man went through the first two steps in which the concrete is broken down into rocks, and then the metal is separated from the rocks by a magnet, The man's screams led coworkers to punch an emergency button to turn off the conveyor belt 15 to 20 seconds before the man would have gone through the final step of the machine grinding the rocks into sand.
It took about 15 minutes for Fire Authority urban search and rescue team to remove the man from the machine, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Marc Stone said.Who: The worker was part of a construction crew on a housing project. The unidentified man is hospitalized with major head trauma and other injuries.
Where: Construction site at the old Wild Rivers water park in Irvine in the 8700 block of Irvine Center Drive
When: 3-28-12 12:50 p.m. How: Orange County fire Capt. Marc Stone says the worker fell onto a conveyor belt and he was pulled into the rock crusher on Wednesday afternoon. Co-workers heard the man's screams and activated an emergency shut-off switch, the man was seconds from death when he was pulled out of the crusher.
More: Orange County Register

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