First responders bring an injured construction worker from the construction site between Munroe and Oxford Street on Friday morning. (Spenser R. Hasak)
LYNN – A construction worker was badly injured on Friday after a large part of an iron reinforcement bar fell on him at a construction site on Oxford Street.
The 38-year-old man was arrested According to Lynn Deputy Fire Chief Arthur Richard by helicopter to a hospital in Boston after he had suffered "very serious" injuries. District Fire Chief Daniel Lozzi said he has learned that the worker, whose name was not immediately published, is listed in a "stable" condition at the Boston Medical Center.
Richard said the worker was "watchful and oriented" as paramedics transported him from the construction site.
The accident occurred around 8:30 am when a section of rebar, popularly referred to as a rebar, collapsed when lowered into a hole on the job site, capturing the man below, according to Richard. About 20 workers were in the approximately tennis court-sized hole near Munroe Street on the project site. He described the worker as being pressed from a cross section of the reinforcement against a wall in the hole.
"They lowered it into the hole and it just let go," said Richard.
Firefighters used a heavy mechanical saw to cut off the reinforcement and rescue the injured. According to Richard, he was in the helicopter at 8:45 in the morning.
Leroy Ashwood, who lives on Washington Street, was dragged to the construction site by sirens wailing through the neighborhood. He attributed to the firefighters that what he said was a quick reaction to the accident.
"I thought the worst, but then I saw him when they brought him out," Ashwood said, leaving all but one handful of workers to leave the site. The worker was part of a crew building an apartment complex on a lot between Oxford and Munroe Streets. Planned is a 1
Michael Procopio, Principal and Vice President of The Procopio Companies, the project developer, said the injured worker was an employee of Project Subcontractor Raycon Construction. is located in Braintree. Attempts to reach a Raycon representative for comment on Friday were unsuccessful.
"As a developer, we take security very seriously. We work with investigators, "said Procopio.
The Federal Office for Safety and Health at Work (OSHA) sent two inspectors to the project site on Friday morning. OSHA spokesman Ted Fitzgerald said the inspectors would determine if on-site safety standards were respected. He said an investigation could take "a few weeks," but work on the project could continue during the investigation.
"We will gather information and determine if there were violations or not," said Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald These fines could be imposed if violations are detected.
This story is developing.