A 32-year-old construction worker was seriously injured Thursday after he was hit in the head with part of a loading crane that crashed onto the roof of a condominium under construction, knocking the man through the roof and into the top-level floor of the building.
The worker, whose name wasn’t available, was working on the roof of a three-story building in the Toscana of Desert Ridge condominium development at 5450 E. Deer Valley Road in northeast Phoenix, according to Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Mike Sandulak.
“The boom drove him down like a hammer and nail,” Sandulak said. “There was a huge dent in his hard hat, and he wasn’t responding when fire emergency crews arrived on the scene. “It’s a good thing he was wearing it, or it would’ve been worse. Those cranes weigh thousands of pounds. It created a hole in the roof.”
The man was taken to John C. Lincoln North Hospital where he is listed in serious condition with severe head and back injuries, and a possible broken leg, Sandulak said.
The site of the accident is northeast of Desert Ridge Marketplace and southeast of the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa, Sandulak said.
The loader portion of the crane is known as the boom and it weighs several tons. It tipped onto the roof of the building after counter-balance weights were taken off the back of it before the boom was lowered, according to Sandulak.
The accident is under investigation, and the Occupational Safety and Health Agency also was on the scene, Sandulak said.
The construction company the man works for wasn’t available, but officials from Alberta, Canada-based Statesman USA, the developer on the Toscana project, were on the site, according to an administrator who answered the phone at the company’s local office in Phoenix.
“We are doing absolutely everything we can for the worker,” the administrator said.