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A 30-year-old man sustained critical injuries Monday afternoon after getting trapped on a piece of equipment at a building under construction in the Royal Vista business park, in northwest Calgary.
Fire crews were called to an industrial area on Royal Vista Drive N.W. at around 4 p.m. after receiving a 911 call that a man was trapped on a lift inside the building, said spokeswoman Carol Henke.
“Fire crews brought him down and started basic trauma life support until EMS arrived,” she said. “It looked like he was on a scissor lift or genie lift.”
He was wheeled out to a waiting ambulance still wearing what appeared to be a safety harness.
EMS spokesman Steve Grant said the man was taken to Foothills Hospital in critical, life-threatening condition.
Alberta Occupational Health and Safety officials were notified, a department spokeswoman confirmed.
Jennifer Dagsvik said the man was working on a mechanical lift while taping a ceiling inside a two-storey commercial building when the incident happened.
The man’s head became trapped between the controls of the lift and the ceiling of the second floor as he was raising the basket of the machine.
Co-workers later found the man unresponsive and freed him from the lift.
OHS has issued a stop order on the site until an investigation is complete.