Worker rescued after Bethpage scaffold accident

A construction worker was rescued from a 40-foot A construction worker was rescued from a 40-foot scaffold in Bethpage after two rolls of roofing material fell and crushed part of his leg, Bethpage fire officials said. (June 17, 2013) Photo Credit: Kevin Imm

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A construction worker was rescued from a 40-foot scaffold in Bethpage Monday after two rolls of roofing material fell and crushed part of his leg, Bethpage fire officials said.

About 11:20 a.m., the worker was on a scaffold erected over a Bethpage building when he was hit by 400-pound rolls that slid off the roof, said John Fitzwilliams, spokesman for the Bethpage Fire Department.

It took about a dozen firefighters 40 minutes to get him down, he said, adding, "The guy was in an awful location up on top of the scaffolding."

Firefighters were lifted by one of their truck's buckets to the top of the scaffolding, where they put a splint on the victim's leg and placed him in a basket-like stretcher, Fitzwilliams said.

"It was a crushed left ankle," he said.

The office building houses AMC Networks, which is owned by the Dolan family, who control Cablevision. Newsday is owned by Cablevision.

The victim was taken to Nassau University Medical Center, Fitzwilliams said.

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The names of the man and his employer were not available.

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