Worker critically injured after being crushed by steel beams

Published: Jan. 23, 2023 at 2:13 PM CST
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - A worker was crushed Monday afternoon after steel beams fell on them, trapping them until a KCFD team could assist.

The incident happened early Monday afternoon at a steel fabricator near Raytown Rd. and 39th St.

The Kansas City Fire Department said the worker had been pinned beneath three steel beams, each weighing more than five thousand pounds.

Assistant Fire Chief Jimmy Walker said the man’s feet and one hand had been crushed. KCFD’s technical rescue team carefully lifted the beams using the steel company’s machinery, securing the pile with air bags and wooden supports to keep it from shifting and causing further injury.

Walker said the technical rescue team trains throughout the year for various scenarios, but that a rescue involving materials like this was somewhat unusual.

“We may see it once every few years on this scale,” Walker said.

It took less than an hour to remove the worker from the debris. He went to the hospital in critical condition.

“We had a person out in 45 minutes from thousands of metal that was trapped on him,” Walker said. “Kudos to our folks out here who did a good job.”