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Worker Loses Arm in Freak Accident at Fort Lauderdale Construction Site

A construction worker had an arm severed when he fell at a Fort Lauderdale job site.

The incident happened as an elevator came down Thursday afternoon, rescue officials say.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue said they responded just before 3 p.m. to the downtown site off NE 7th Street and 4th Ave.

When paramedics arrived, they discovered that a 39-year-old man had been working on the 6th floor when he fell to the 5th floor, next to an elevator shaft. The elevator was coming down at the time and severed his arm.

Construction workers were able to pull the man safely down to the ground floor, and paramedics brought him to Broward Health to be treated for his injuries.

Fire officials say he was alert when transported to the hospital, and was to undergo surgery late Thursday.

Alta Developers said the man is an employee of L&R Structural, a subcontractor working at EON II Flagler Village, a multifamily development that is under construction.

“Safety is a top priority at every one of our projects,” Juan Carlos Freyre, executive VP of the development company, said in a statement. “We will continue to monitor this situation and his condition. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this individual and his family.”