A construction worker was struck by a large steel plate Wednesday morning in Roslyn Heights, severing his legs below the knees and thrusting him into a 10-foot hole, police said. Quick work by first responders helped save his life.
“The officers were able to gain access to the victim in the hole and apply tourniquets to control bleeding,” Nassau County police said in a statement.
The unidentified worker, a 39-year-old man, was taken to a local hospital in stable condition after the accident at about 8:05 a.m. near Corncrib and Locust lanes, police said.
The Associated Press reported that road work was being done by Grace for National Grid power company. The company said that work has been stopped and an investigation is underway, AP reported.
A spokesman for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said the agency was notified of the accident and was looking into it.