Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Crews rescue man trapped under thousands of pounds of concrete

BRIGHTON--At 1:28 pm crews were notified of a man trapped under concrete at a rock quarry near 148th Avenue and Brighton Road. Upon arrival, crews found the man trapped under more than 1000 pounds of large pieces of concrete from the waist down. There were two other civilians on scene who were checked out and found to have no injuries.

The location of the concrete where the victim was trapped made it difficult to get fire equipment to the location. Quarry employees helped load equipment into a pickup truck in order to get firefighters and necessary equipment on scene.

Once on scene, firefighters first had to stabilize concrete above and around the victim in order to make the rescue safely. The North Metro Technical Rescue team was called in to help Brighton Fire crews with resources and manpower. Large slabs of concrete had to be removed before crews could reach the victim. “Crews had to strategically disassemble the concrete slabs in order to facilitate the safe extrication of the victim,” said Lieutenant Chris Forbes.

Upon removal from the pile, the victim was air lifted to Denver Health by Air Life. His condition at transport was stable.

No other civilians were injured. No firefighters were injured during this rescue operation.

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