Construction worker falls 20 feet at Beaumont Farmington Hills

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published June 15, 2017

 A construction worker fell 20 feet at a work site at Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills, June 14.

A construction worker fell 20 feet at a work site at Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills, June 14.

Photo provided by Beaumont Hospital.

A 45-year-old man fell about 20 feet from scaffolding around 1 p.m. June 14 at a Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills, construction site.

The man — whose name was not released — is recovering at Beaumont.

“It was a really awful event,” Beth Montalvo, publications and media relations coordinator at Beaumont Hospital, said during a recent interview. “Our construction people, they are part of the (hospital) family. They are working on our site for years — a multiyear expansion and renovation project.”

Farmington Hills Fire Chief Jon Unruh told the Press that the 28-minute rescue involved extricating the man from a pit he fell into, landing on his back. 

“We utilized our staff to go ahead and make entry into the pit that he was in. It was a stairway that was being constructed for their new wing of the hospital,” Unruh said. He added that firefighters provided some advanced life support care for the man. A construction crane and stokes basket, a rescue tool, were also utilized.

Unruh — who does not know the specifics of how the man fell — said that 13 Farmington Hills firefighters, four Livonia firefighters and three West Bloomfield Township firefighters, rescued the man.

He added that the firefighters from Livonia and West Bloomfield specialize in urban search and rescue, and technical rescue.

“I know that when our firefighter paramedics made contact with (him) he was conscious, alert and able to move all extremities, and initially, that is a good sign,” Unruh said.

Montalvo added that the man is in “good condition” and was treated for several fractures in his spine, his shoulder and his ribs. He also has lacerations on his right arm.

“He didn’t have a head injury, and his legs appear to be fine,” Montalvo said, adding that the man was “really lucky” in the way he fell. “He was really strong — happy that he happened to have his accident at a hospital.”

Montalvo added that while the accident was not good, she is glad it happened at a hospital.

“It was really wonderful to be able to tell him how happy we were that we could treat him and he was going to survive this,” she said. “His family was around him, and it’s all good.”

Unruh said that the incident went very well.

“A great outcome, especially, from where it was since we moved him to a waiting ambulance and transferred him 50 yards to the trauma center,” Unruh said.

Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills, is under construction to expand its emergency and trauma center, construct a new critical care unit and create a dedicated observation unit.

It also includes expanding and modernizing surgical services with nine new operating rooms. The expansion will include a five-story tower with 80 private rooms, bringing the total number of private patient rooms to 159, with an additional 24 private intensive care unit beds. Total beds will remain at 330.