Construction worker flown to Las Vegas after fall

A 54-year-old man was transported by Life Flight to Las Vegas for care after falling 15-20 feet at a construction site, St. George, Utah, Feb. 21, 2014 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A construction worker was transported by medical helicopter to Las Vegas, Friday, after falling 15 to 20 feet at a work site.

The construction worker, a 54-year-old male, fell around 15 feet from a site adjacent to Stephen Wade Auto Center at approximately 11:15 a.m., Friday, suffering injuries to his head and left shoulder, St. George Fire Captain David Slack said.

A witness at the scene said the man fell off the first story of the construction site and landed on his head.

“I think he broke through a safety line,” said Stephen Wade, owner of the Stephen Wade Auto dealerships in the area.

Gold Cross Ambulance Service arrived on scene followed by the St. George Fire Department. The man is being transported by Life Flight to University Medical Center in Las Vegas as they have better specified care for head injuries, Slack said. The cause of the fall in currently unknown.

“All we know is he just fell off the first story there about 15 feet,” Slack said.

The man was stabilized and alert on scene before he was loaded into the helicopter. “We’re giving him oxygen and making sure he is comfortable,” Slack said.

The man’s name has not yet been disclosed and the incident is under investigation.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by responders on scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.

Ed. Note: It was originally reported that the height the man fell from was greater than it actually was. This error has been corrected.

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A 54-year-old man was transported by Life Flight to Las Vegas for care after falling 50 feet at a construction site, St. George, Utah, Feb. 21, 2014 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
A 54-year-old man was transported by Life Flight to Las Vegas for care after falling 15-20 feet at a construction site, St. George, Utah, Feb. 21, 2014 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

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25 Comments

  • doofy February 21, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    safety equipment

  • debbie February 21, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Srrsly.. i hope he is ok.. just trying to carve out a living probably for his family and this happens.. just stinks when people get hurt on the job.. prayers for his family and for his speedy full recovery..

  • shanna February 21, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    15 or 50 feet?

    • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic February 21, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      Ed. Note: It was originally reported that the height the man fell from was greater than it actually was. This error has been corrected to 15-20 feet.

  • shanna February 21, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    A 54-year-old man was transported by Life Flight to Las Vegas for care after falling 50 feet at a construction site, St. George, Utah, Feb. 21, 2014 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

    • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic February 21, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Ed. Note: It was originally reported that the height the man fell from was greater than it actually was. This error has been corrected to 15-20 feet.

  • Jane February 21, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    No brain damage or spinal cord injury should be released in a day or two.

  • Jamie February 21, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Does anyone else see that they said he fell 50 ft however in the post it says 1 story. I hope the gentlemen is ok. I think whoever wrote this should check their facts?!?

  • Jamie February 21, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Glad he is going to be ok. And that the reporting error was fixed.

  • Dan Lester February 21, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    All of the pictures still have incorrect captions, thus adding to the confusion.

  • Becky February 21, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Good to hear thanks Jane

  • pendletons February 21, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    As a family member we could careless about the incorrect feet he fell. He is very serous condition and no he won’t go home in a few days. He is in very serous condition. bleeding and swelling of the brain,broken shoulder and ribs,damaged kidney and lungs and list goes on which includes surgery to remove his spleen.we appreciate the prayers. He is an amazing man and father of a teenage son who needs him greatly.

    • angles013 February 23, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      Sorry you had to read all the insensitive comments and I hope he gets better soon and comes home. Prayers

  • Bender February 21, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    That twin turbine is a spendy ride to Las Vegas. $50k for the trip would not surprise me.

  • WAS HE AN ILLEGAL? February 22, 2014 at 11:55 am

    HAS ANYONE ASKED YET?

    • Bert February 22, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      Your an idiot take that ax your grinding and get a life.

  • Char February 22, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Lol, to WAS HE AN ILLEGAL?….I think it probably was because of the diverging diamond….

  • Char February 22, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    To the family members, I hope he will be OK and heal fast.

  • stoptoleratingstupidity February 22, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Here is a new idea. IHC should make Dixie Regional a level one trauma center with all the accidents here and the sports minded activities that we have. Also they need to pay a real wage to their staff. Nurses are paid the least in the USA here. Nurses have to be accountable for peoples lives since they see and treat the patients more than Doctors do. Time to step up and pay a real wage

    • Bub February 23, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      maybe you should right them a letter, or stand with a sign in protest…

    • Bender February 23, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Wages across all professions are lower here. Do only nurses get a raise when we STOP TOLERATING STUPIDITY?

      • Bub February 23, 2014 at 5:44 pm

        What are we going to do about the BIG BAD WOLF (OBAMA) wanting a $10/hr minimum wage. How will we continue to oppress the workers?

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