Photos: Construction worker escapes amputation in 3-hour rescue
Approximately 100 members of Boston Fire, plus Boston EMS crews and a surgical team, responded to the collapse and rescued three victims
By Kerri Hatt
BOSTON — Three construction workers were rescued after a floor collapsed at a power plant in Boston in an operation that involved approximately 100 firefighters.
CBS Boston reported two workers were immediately removed from the building and transported with non-life-threatening injuries to the hospital, but a third worker was trapped for more than three hours.
Boston Fire Commissioner Jack Dempsey told WBZ it was “an extensive extrication operation” that included an on-scene surgeon. An official originally told WBZ the man’s leg was amputated at the scene, but a Boston EMS spokesperson later noted, “Thanks to the coordinated efforts of the Boston Medical Center surgical team, Boston Fire, and our personnel, there was a final effort to extricate the patient, which proved successful. As such, on scene amputation was not required.”
Update: The third patient has been extricated and transported. Thank you to all who assisted today. pic.twitter.com/35JI72w27v— Boston EMS (@BOSTON_EMS) May 4, 2022
Thank you @BostonFire, @The_BMC surgical team, and our members who worked collaboratively to provide care & conduct a complex extrication. In one final coordinated attempt they were able to release the patient without necessitating amputation. #WeTrainForThis pic.twitter.com/Zr9LRp1l7U— Boston EMS (@BOSTON_EMS) May 4, 2022
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