HALO called Friday after worker injured in Bow Island

By Ashley Wiebe & Charles Lefebvre
April 23, 2018 - 3:41pm Updated: April 23, 2018 - 7:11pm

 

BOW ISLAND , AB — A 15-year-old was airlifted to Calgary after a workplace accident in Bow Island on Friday.

According to Bow Island Emergency Services, crews were called to a construction site around 11:15 a.m., following reports of an injured worker.

Kelly Byam, the fire chief for Bow Island, said the teen’s leg ended up stuck in an auger while insulation was being installed. A welding crew was also enlisted to help extract him.

People who were on scene said the teen hadn't been on the job very long and was waiting for his first paycheque.

Once the teen was extracted, he was airlifted by HALO Air Rescue to Bassano.

JD Gaetan, executive director with HALO said they were able to coordinate the transfer with STARS Air Ambulance.

"We can go direct to Calgary with the Halo helicopter, however, going to Bassano and doing the hand off actually allows us to get the helicopter back into Medicine Hat a little bit quicker," he said. "So, we actually don’t lose our asset so if there was another incident, we can have it available."

Occupational Health and Safety said the teen was employed by BDJ Construction.

He was listed as being in serious condition but has since been upgraded to stable.

A stop work order has been issued for the site and OHS officials are investigating.

 

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