February 9, 2009


Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Capt. Ray Hoecherl (center) points to the area where a 36-year-old man was struck by a concrete pipe in an excavation area on Griffin Road in Southwest Ranches. The Regional Technical Rescue Team, which specializes in difficult rescues, responded to extricate the victim from about eight feet below the surface of the roadway. The victim, who was able to talk to firefighters, said he was initially pinned by the pipe, but the workers were able to get the 42-inch diameter pipe off him before firefighters arrived. Firefighters were able to get the victim out of the hole in approximately 40 minutes. He was then flown by BSO Air Rescue helicopter to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood for treatment. OSHA responded to the scene and is conducting the investigation.

Photo by Mike Jachles/Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue

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