The construction worker was demolishing a building on South Price Road when the accident occurred. At around 10:30 a.m. local time, part of the building’s chimney crashed onto the man’s excavator. The man and the machine were crushed by bricks, cinder blocks, and other debris.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the man was trapped in the machine for nearly two and a half hours. The man remained alert and was able to communicate with rescue crews, but he was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.
Fortunately for the trapped construction worker, a physician from Washington University who specializes in victims in structural collapses helped in the rescue. The worker received IVs during the rescue, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and was assisted by more than a dozen fire departments.
The following statistics are provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).