BOSTON (CBS) – Three construction workers were rescued after a floor collapsed at the former Edison Power Plant on Summer Street in South Boston. It happened around 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday.
Two workers were immediately removed from the building and transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A third person was trapped under a large piece of the floor more than three hours. A surgeon was called to the scene and officials say the man’s leg had to be amputated.
“It was an extensive extrication operation, it took approximately 100 firefighters in support roles,” Boston Fire Commissioner Jack Dempsey said.
The floor that collapsed was cantilevered and landed on the man’s lower legs.
“We did use a surgeon on scene. His condition was very serious and there was still a danger of further collapse so we wanted a surgeon in there to make sure that we got him out as quickly and safely as possible,” Dempsey said. “It’s easier to lose something than to lose a life.”
The man was eventually taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, but was conscious at the time.
The power plant building is currently being redeveloped into a mix of residences and retail stores.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the District Attorney’s Office are investigating the collapse.
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