Emergency responders pack up shortly after an injured worker was taken away from a construction site by ambulance on Tuesday. A wall frame fell on the 20-year-old man but his injuries didn't turn out to be serious

Close call at construction site

There were some tense moments after a wall frame fell on a 20-year-old construction worker in Castlegar on Tuesday but his injuries didn't turn out to be too serious, according to police.

  • Mar. 17, 2011 4:00 p.m.

There were some tense moments after a wall frame fell on a 20-year-old construction worker in Castlegar on Tuesday but his injuries didn’t turn out to be too serious, according to police.

Emergency responders weren’t taking any chances as they removed the injured Fruitvale man from the second storey of a partially constructed clothing store, however.

“We provided a rescue to get him down off that floor and into the ambulance … he was given all the treatments as if he had a spinal injury,” Castlegar fire Chief Gerry Rempel said.

“We didn’t know if he had, but that’s our protocol, to stabilize and secure him to spine boards.”

Castlegar RCMP also responded to the construction site, located just south of Canadian Tire on Columbia Avenue.

Cpl. Dan Pollock said it appeared that a wall frame “just tipped over” and fell on the worker, but after the ambulance took the injured man away the incident ultimately required little police involvement.

“All we do at these things is we assist WorkSafe BC,” he said, adding that the provincial agency later informed him the man was doing OK.

“They didn’t think there were serious injuries,” Pollock said.

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