May 15, 2024

FL Worker in Stable Condition After Being Crushed by Wall

Building rubble

A Florida construction worker is in stable condition after a rebar wall fell on his upper body in West Palm Beach on Jan. 9, The Palm Beach Post reported. The incident occurred at One West Palm, a pair of towers on the north side of downtown. The wall that fell on the worker was intended to serve as a skeleton to pour concrete over later.

Crews were called to the building at around 12:40 p.m. They brought medical gear to the 13th floor with a construction elevator. The worker was pulled from under the wall, but crews were unable to use the elevator to bring the man down. Instead, they strapped him to a rescue basket and attached it to a crane, which carried the man to rescue crews below. He was taken in stable condition by ambulance to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach.

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