Impaled at WTC: Construction Worker Falls Onto Metal Rod

    June 27, 2012
    WebProNews Staff
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Impaled at WTC: Going forward, whenever people ask me why I’m extremely terrified of heights, I’ll simply show them this article. A 37 year-old construction worker at the site fell about six feet before landing on a two-inch thick piece of rebar, which punctured his left side. The man, whose name has not been released to the public, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital for treatment. Although his injuries are considered serious, he is expected to survive.

The building, which designed by Japanese Fumihiko Maki’s firm as a “respectful and quiet backdrop” to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, just had its final beam locked down on Monday. According to reports, the interior of the building is expected to be completed by the fall of 2013.

This isn’t the first accident that has plagued the construction site as of late. In February, a large quantity steel suspended by a crane fell roughly 40 stories onto a flatbed truck. Fortunately, no injuries occurred as a result.

4 World Trade Center, which stands at 977 feet tall with 72 stories, is the second building to be completed on the site. In 2006, Seven World Trade Center was the first to be finished, which stands at 50 stories tall.

  • LA H

    This dude fell 6ft and now somehow you are afraid of heights? Yes the injury is tramatic – but 6ft? Do you mean 6 stories?

    • Charles

      Yeah, apparently, due to this extreme acrophobia, Todd is terrified of piggyback rides. 😉

      • Melissa


  • Tim

    Where were the orange plastic safety caps for tips of rebar?

  • Steve

    “Construction Works Falls Onto Metal Rod”? “Works”? And we’re supposed to trust you to get the facts straight? SRSLY?

    • TLC

      That’s almost as bad as “In 2006, Seven World Trade Center was the first to be finished, which stands at 50 stories FALL.” And here I thought buildings were supposed to be tall.

  • Brad

    This is a true story, I swear. A friend of mine’s younger brother got impaled through the intestines, while he was riding his bicycle, by a boat hitch that became loose from the truck that was towing it. He had to have a few feet of intestine removed, but he was fine. Since then he has the WORST farts you have ever smelled in your life. I think they removed his fart filter…?

    • Gabe Athous

      That is awful, I’m so sorry to hear about your friend.

    • Melissa

      This story stinks

  • alan grand

    so I guess if we all stay home and sit at our kitchen tables all day….no one gets hurt????

  • David

    Actually OSHA requires plastic caps be placed on the ends of these vertical rods to prevent impalement. Looks like an OSHA violation for the contractor.

  • Max Volume

    I haven’t seen the plastic “safety tips” for rebar, but if someone falls from six feet onto a protruding piece of rebar, how is a plastic cap gonna keep it from impaling someone? A plastic cap backed up by reinforced steel is gonna be driven right into someone’s body if they fall on it from six feet up. They probably found the cap inside the guy’s chest cavity.

  • http://yahoo dave

    The idea that plastic caps are gonna prevent impalement is as ridiculous as making a industrial firklift driver wear a hardhat while in a 10k pound-rated safety cage. If something crushes that cage, where do you think you’re gonna find that hardhat? probably in the former-operator’s boots!

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  • ted

    He was carrying the rod in a pouch.
    He slipped and fell onto a sharp thing he was carrying – has nothing to do with fear of heights.

  • Joe

    I impaled my girlfriend the other night, and she’s still recovering!

    • http://www.webpronews.com Wadd

      That was right after I did it she told me.

  • http://yahoo ironworker loca 7

    you bust ur ass…..working for a nurderer …like larry silverstien…and wat do get..????

    this zionist pos…….never worked a day in his life

    wake up ppl…..wake before…they kill us all

    ironworker…local7 boston

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    Safety is the big concern in construction works; couple of times there occur incidents which are very horrible and they would cause of casualty.