NYFD rescues three from Astoria construction accident

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NYFD rescuers at the Astoria construction accident scene (Image: NYFD Twitter account.)

Three workers were injured in a construction accident at an Astoria home on on June 20, settig off dramatic rescue scenes after the New York Fire Department arrived on the site.

The three workers were injured after a crane boom dropped its heavy load onto a home under renovation on 28th St. near 31st Ave. at about 3:30 p.m. on June 20.

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said that a crane was moving an array of building materials when they suddenly dropped, trapping the workers.

“One individual with serious injuries had removed himself from the building,” Nigro said. “Another was trapped, and was removed earlier in the operation. A third construction worker was trapped under a few thousand pounds of materials in the basement of the building.”

“Our job was to keep the patient comfortable, pain free, and alive through the rescue operation process. Everyone did a great job and did what they’re supposed to do. That’s what made this operation a success. Our training kicks in,” said FDNY rescue paramedic Juan Henriquez of Station 8 in remarks posted on the FDNY Facebook account.

The three injured workers were removed to Elmhurst Hospital; according to the FDNY Twitter account, at least one of them is in critical condition, and another is in serious condition.

The incident is under investigation.