Fire officials say a panel fell at the multi-story construction site at 825 South Hill Street at around 3:00 p.m. The panel landed on a 27-year-old man, sending at least two pieces of rebar through his torso.
The swift response from the Los Angeles Fire Department may have saved the construction worker’s life. Emergency crews used whatever they had on hand, including a saw and a crane, to help prevent a loss of life.
Miraculously, the fire department’s quick response unit was able to stabilize the man and remove him from the construction site. Paramedics cut away rebar with the saw and lowered the man to the ground using a crane and a litter basket at the site.
The man is currently in critical condition at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.
The following information is provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):