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Clearwater construction worker's leg crushed by machinery

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Courtesy: Clearwater Fire & Rescue Courtesy: Clearwater Fire & Rescue
CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) -

A construction worker was hospitalized after a piece of machinery he was working in flipped over and landed on one of his legs.

Clearwater Fire & Rescue officials say the call came in at about 3 p.m. from 400 Cleveland St. downtown across from the Harborview Center.

The worker for Earth Friendly Construction was on a piece of machinery similar to a Bobcat when the vehicle flipped into an open elevator shaft. It landed upside down on one of the man’s legs.

The Technical Rescue Team from Clearwater Fire & Rescue worked to stabilize the machinery, and then slowly lift it off his leg with the help of special air bags.  They posted several pictures of the rescue on their Facebook page (see slideshow above).

The man, a 32-year-old who lives in Brooksville, was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg with a severe lower leg injury.

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