St. George Steel worker injured when steel beam falls on him

Emergency responders gather at St. George Steel after getting a report of a large steel beam falling on an employee there, St. George Steel, St. George, Utah, March 3, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – A man was transported to the hospital Tuesday after a steel beam fell on him at St. George Steel.

An employee at St. George Steel, 1301 E. 700 North, sustained serious injuries to his left leg when a large steel beam fell on him, St. George Fire Chief Robert Stoker said at the scene.

“He’s got injuries on his right lower leg, but the main injuries are to his left upper femur, right around the hip area. He’s got a large laceration and it looks like a fractured femur on that left side,” Stoker said. “It doesn’t look life-threatening, but it looks like a substantial, critical injury,” he said.

Emergency responders arrived on the scene after a 911 call was received around 3:30 p.m. Before they arrived, Stoker said, coworkers were able to get the beam off the man and stabilized him as best as they could.

The man was conscious and alert and talking to emergency responders as they stabilized him for transport to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George by Gold Cross Ambulance, Stoker said.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

St. George Police also responded to the incident with St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

Ed. Note: St. George Steel is the business name carried on by the St. George division of Express Metal Fabricators Inc. out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, since its acquisition of the former St. George Steel in 2005.

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9 Comments

  • fun bag March 4, 2015 at 12:18 am

    wonder if the management told the workers to disregard the safety protocols–see that a lot here in good ol’ so. Utah…

    • GROANINGCABMAN March 4, 2015 at 9:02 am

      Yes you do fun bag I see its to but it isn’t just here where production is above somebody’s safety and well being. I hope the gentlemen recovers soon and hopefully it won’t happen again to anybody…

  • makkie March 4, 2015 at 5:36 am

    What no republican bashing on this one-Simone?Maybe the steel beam was named “mittens”?
    Missing a prime opportunity here………
    No injection of racism here-fun bag ? Maybe someone mistook it for a “black” beam?
    Missing a prime opportunity here…….

  • sagemoon March 4, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Ouch. This has been a bad week for legs in Washington County.

  • GROANINGCABMAN March 4, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Wow MAKKE. What’s with all the racist comments.? That’s not what this article is about. someone was seriously hurt and could of died. I can’t believe how ignorant you are. this is not about politics. Someone almost died here and all you do is come in here with disgusting and racist comments… you are a very ignorant and disgusting person

    • CaliGirl March 4, 2015 at 9:26 am

      ig·no·rant
      adjective: Lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated. I.e., “he was told constantly that he was ignorant and stupid”

      Synonyms: uneducated, unknowledgeable, untaught, unschooled, untutored, untrained, illiterate, unlettered, unlearned, unread, uninformed, unenlightened, benighted.

      I don’t believe MAKKIE is any of the above. I believe MAKKIE is simply an ass!

      • Car4sale March 4, 2015 at 5:26 pm

        I think you’re an ignorant ass as well

  • Anon March 4, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Ouch! Geez…

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