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Here is some unfortunate news, but thankfully he will be alright...

Man's body punctured as crane topples

by Erin Cardone

A man trapped and punctured by rebar inside a toppled-over crane won't be covered by WorkSafe B.C.

Although he is a certified crane operator, Mike Doval was volunteering his time as he worked at the site of the future Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Shelbourne Street, near Ryan Street.

As he drove the crane, it slipped on a dirt embankment, fell over and trapped him inside at around 2 p.m. Tuesday. A piece of rebar punctured his side near his kidneys, said Const. Mike Massine, a Victoria police spokesman.

It took more than an hour for emergency crews to pull Doval from the flipped crane. He was taken to Royal Jubilee Hospital where he underwent a 45-minute surgery that night, said Bill Middleton, chair of the regional building committee for Jehovah's Witnesses of Vancouver Island.

"We're very thankful Mike came through the operation," Middleton said, adding Doval is a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses community. "His wife and family are with him now."

Doval was a crane operator by trade until his retirement. Both Doval and the crane are certified, Middleton said, and the regional building committee is now filing investigation forms with their Toronto branch to begin insurance proceedings.

"We have insurance for all our projects," Middleton said.

A WorkSafe B.C. investigator has been to the work site, but volunteer work doesn't fall under WorkSafe's jurisdiction.

Article Source: http://www.bclocalnews.com/vancouver_island_south/victorianews/news/99483964.html


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Thats what I was thinking :) The world probably reads that and thinks "Well, thats what you get for volunteering your time. You dont do stuff like that unless you're getting paid for it." We think "Well, why do you think he survived?" Thats a pretty dangerous spot to be punctured at. Glad the brother is okay though.

So glad the bro is OK. Could it be someone was watching out for him? >:D<

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He is going to be alright. Here is an excerpt from an email about his condition...

> It took a long time for emergency

> personnel to remove the brother from the crushed cab. A piece of rebar pierced

> his abdomen and exited behind his shoulder. They expected it would be a ten hour

> operation, but it only took one and a half hours. The two foot piece of

> rebar was removed from him. It missed all vital organs, and there was very

> little loss of blood. He is recovering tonight. He is accepting visitors

> and has the piece of rebar by his bed.

Looks like he is going to keep it as a souvenir :)


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