Construction worker impaled at worksite

MICHELLE THOMPSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

EDMONTON -- Getting impaled with a piece of rebar sent a construction worker to an Edmonton hospital yesterday.

The incident happened about 11 a.m. as the man was working on an Anthony Henday Drive overpass near 100 Avenue, said an Occupational Health and Safety spokesman.

"A 30-year-old male was bending a piece of rebar when it snapped, which caused him to slip and land on a piece of vertical rebar which impaled him," Chris Chodan said. "I'm sure it was very painful."

The extent of the man's injuries was not known, although he was taken to Royal Alexandra Hospital for treatment.

The mishap led Occupational Health and Safety to demand the construction crew cover exposed rebar, Chodan said, adding construction continues.

This was at least the third time in Alberta that a construction worker was injured by rebar in recent months.

In July, a worker at an Athabasca construction site died after being impaled by a piece of the material.

Darryl Binder, 37, fell from a wall July 27 at an Athabasca University construction site and plummeted five metres into the rebar.

The father of five was later pronounced dead.

And on July 16, a man from a Hutterite colony near Bassano was airlifted to hospital after falling on a rebar that penetrated his flesh.

The 45-year-old was impaled by a portion of the rebar, which travelled through his body about 46 cm and narrowly missed puncturing his abdomen. That man was said to have fallen off scaffolding.

MICHELLE.THOMPSON@SUNMEDIA.CA


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