Construction worker survives after being impaled in chest by power saw blade

|  August 26, 2014 |

Houston firefighters move a man from the roof of a shopping center after he was impaled in the chest by a saw blade. Credit: KSAT TV

Houston firefighters move a man from the roof of a shopping center after he was impaled in the chest by a saw blade. Credit: KSAT TV

While working atop a shopping center in Houston Monday morning, a construction worker was impaled in the chest by the blade of a power saw he was using.

Houston Fire Department spokesman Kenyatta Parker told the Associated Press that the saw the worker was using is often used for cutting concrete and metal and “can become dislodged if it isn’t tightly secured while cutting a hard material.”

The man was transported to a hospital with part of the blade still in his body. And somehow, he was conscious throughout the whole ordeal.

The incident is the second example of the importance of power saw safety this year. In May, a woman was hit by a saw blade that went airborne after becoming detached from a New York City jobsite.

 

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