Crane Accidents

Three Workers Hurt When Elevator Plummets

06/26/02

Bellevue, Washington

Three construction workers were hurt Wednesday when an exterior elevator they were dismantling collapsed.

The accident happened just before 8 a.m. at the Lincoln Square construction site.

The three men, wearing harnesses, were on top of the cage part of the hoist working to tear it down when the cage fell straight down, riding along the track of the hoist.

“They were 60 to 70 feet in air when it just did a free fall to the ground,” said Bellevue fire Lt. Todd Dickerboom said.

Even when they hit bottom, the men remained about 12 feet above ground. Firefighters used a crane to lift the men from the rubble and onto backboards.

All three were taken to Harborview Medical Center, where they were listed in serious condition, spokeswoman Kristin Foley reported.

The injured included a 28-year-old Seattle man with leg and possible hip injuries, a 30-year-old Renton man with ankle and possible back injuries, and a 33-year-old Montana man with leg and possible spinal injuries.

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