Topic: construction accident
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December 3, 2013 at 2:12 PM
Kent firefighters used an aerial ladder truck and a “Stokes” basket to remove a construction worker who was injured this morning while working at an apartment complex.
The worker suffered an undisclosed but non-life-threatening injury while on the roof of the five-story building under construction at West Smith Street and Fourth Avenue North, according to Capt. Kyle Ohashi of the Kent Fire Department.
Because of limited access to the roof from the stairwell, firefighters decided to use the ladder truck to get the injured worker down, he said.
Although the ladder can be extended to over 100 feet, Ohashi said it was barely able to reach the roof of the apartment building, which is about 60 feet above ground. This was due to the distance the ladder truck had to park from the building and the angle of the ladder when extended.
Once hoisted from the roof, the injured worker was taken to a local hospital, Ohashi said. His condition was not immediately known.
October 28, 2013 at 12:33 PM
UPDATE 3:30 P.M.| Everything but the right, westbound lane of Denny Way has reopened in time for rush hour. King County Metro’s Route 8 bus line, which was going to be rerouted through the evening, is back on its regular route.
Seattle Department of Transportation spokeswoman Marybeth Turner says there may be a few intermittent interruptions as crews continue fixing nearby power lines.
Three construction workers were each trapped in different vehicles for about two hours after the operator of an excavator knocked down high-tension power lines at a construction site on the north side of Denny Way at Pontius Avenue North in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood.
Kyle Moore, a spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department, said the excavator operator knocked down the power lines at 11:37 a.m., causing four power poles to topple over. One pole landed on top of the cab of a dump truck and a second fell onto a row of cars parked on John Street, one block north of Denny Way, he said.
Live power lines, each carrying 26,000 volts, draped over the excavator, a second dump truck and portions of city streets. No one was injured, but road closures in the area were expected to last for hours.
Seattle City Light employees accessed an underground vault to shut off the power before the three men — who all work for a private contractor employed by the Seattle utility — could safely exit their vehicles at 1:39 p.m., Moore said. He said the men most likely would have been electrocuted had they attempted to get out of their vehicles before the power was cut.
Once the workers were freed, Moore said the scene was turned over to Seattle City Light and the Seattle Department of Transportation. The excavator operator was also to be interviewed by Seattle police, he said. The power surge caused numerous automatic fire alarms to go off in surrounding buildings and some businesses experienced power interruptions.
A spokesman for Seattle City Light did not immediately return messages.
Portions of Denny Way, between Stewart Street and Fairview Avenue, is expected to be closed at least through 11 p.m. However, both eastbound lanes and one lane of westbound of Denny have reopened at Minor Avenue.
John Street, between Stewart and Fairview, will also be closed for several hours.
Metro spokesman Jeff Switzer said at least one Metro route, Route 8, would be rerouted around the area through the evening commute.
October 10, 2013 at 2:04 PM
The Seattle Fire Department used heavy rescue equipment to haul three workers from a construction site after an accident early Thursday afternoon, fire officials said.
Spokesman Kyle Moore said the injuries appeared tobe minor and that all three injured workers were taken to Harborview Medical Center.
Moore said the call for help came in shortly after 1 p.m. when three people who were working inside a construction site at 6th Avenue and Lenora Street in downtown Seattle were injured. It was not immediately known what caused the accident, he said.
One of the workers suffered a head injury and the other two had injured ankles, he said.
Because the workers were all inside the sub-ground level construction site, the fire department used a crane and rope to lift them from the pit.
September 20, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Two construction workers have been taken to the hospital after they were injured this morning in an accident at a parking garage under construction at the intersection of First Avenue and King Street.
The two men were working on the roof of the structure when they were struck by a wall of rebar. One worker suffered moderate to serious injuries while the second man’s injuries weren’t as serious, according to the Seattle Fire Department. Neither man’s injuries are considering life-threatening.
The Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Team had to bring the men down using ropes and pulleys, said spokesman Kyle Moore.
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