Firefighters rescue construction worker

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  • Jun. 22, 2011 6:00 a.m.
Fire and EMS personnel remove a 19-year-old victim from the construction site at Ponoka Composite High School on June 20. The man was working in an underground crawlspace when he hit his head on a piece of steel.

Fire and EMS personnel remove a 19-year-old victim from the construction site at Ponoka Composite High School on June 20. The man was working in an underground crawlspace when he hit his head on a piece of steel.

ADAM JACKSON/Ponoka News

Firefighters rescued a worker from the construction site at Ponoka Composite High School following a workplace accident.

Emergency crews responded to a call from the construction crew just before 11 a.m. on June 20.

A 19-year-old Red Deer man, who was working for a sub-contractor at the high school, was working in a crawlspace when he hit his head on a steel pipe and was knocked unconscious.

Fire crews responded quickly and were able to extricate the victim from the crawlspace within half an hour.

“There were quite a few workers under there in the crawlspace,” said RCMP Staff Sgt. Cameron Chisholm.

“There’s a hole that’s about 10-feet wide with a ladder that goes down about eight feet to the crawlspace,” said Chisholm. “The 19-year-old victim was laying on the ground and unconscious so (fire crews) had to put him in a basket and lift him out that way.”

Chisholm confirmed there was no risk of toxic gas leaks or exposure to other hazardous materials for either the victim or rescue personnel.

“Occupational health and safety will be advised of the incident,” said Chisholm.