Man survives getting pulled into a cement mixer

Shaukei Oliveria, 47, of Chatham, Ont., is already home and on the mend after a near-death...

Shaukei Oliveria, 47, of Chatham, Ont., is already home and on the mend after a near-death experience on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, when he was pulled into a cement mixer at a new home construction site in Windsor. Photo taken Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. (ELLWOOD SHREVE/ QMI AGENCY)

Ellwood Shreve, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:37 AM ET

CHATHAM, Ont. — Being home for the holidays has a special meaning for construction worker Shaukei Oliveira, 47, who just two weeks ago was pulled into a cement mixer that ripped him open, leaving his heart and a lung exposed.

The accident occurred while Oliveira was working on a new home construction site on Dec. 14. In a matter of seconds, he suffered several broken ribs, a collapsed lung and severe cartilage and nerve damage.

He was rushed to hospital in Windsor, Ont., with a huge gash across his chest. Doctors told his family the wound left his heart and a lung visible.

Oliveira told QMI Agency he was using a trowel to scrap away excess mortar from the edge of the mixing barrel when the handle of the tool got caught on a mixing paddle. It lifted, caught his sweater and dragged him right in.

"I'm looking around thinking, 'Please, somebody come here,'" Oliveira recalled.

"When I went in, I didn't think I was going to come out.”

 


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