Broward County

A construction worker’s arm was ripped off in an industrial accident in Broward

A 44 year-old construction worker’s right arm was ripped off Thursday morning during an industrial-related accident in Hillsboro Beach.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue responded to the scene at 1107 Hillsboro Mile just after 10 a.m.

Witnesses told rescue works that the man was working with an industrial auger, a tool used for boring holes into the ground, when his right arm got trapped in the drill bit.

“The mechanical force of the drill-bit caused a complete amputation of his right arm just below the shoulder,” Broward Battalion Chief Michael Kane said in a release.

Broward Fire Rescue didn’t release the injured worker’s name. He was transported to Broward Health North by ground for evaluation, but due the severity of the injury he was then flown to Broward Health in Fort Lauderdale so surgeons could try to reattach his arm.

“Miraculously, the patient was conscious and in stable condition after the traumatic incident, likely due to the swift actions of a Hillsboro Police Officer on the scene who applied a tourniquet and managed the patient’s care before paramedics arrived,” Kane’s release said.

Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991.
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