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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Construction Worker Hit on Head with Sledgehammer

posted by on May 21 at 15:37 PM

Megan Seling is down at 8th and Virginia, and she says there are 8 Seattle Fire vehicles, 3 ambulances and a Harborview helicopter at the scene. Megan was told someone had fallen out of a crane.

Pictures and more info coming in a few.

UPDATE: Seattle Fire Department Spokeswoman Helen Fitzpatrick says a sledgehammer fell off of a ledge and hit a construction worker 15 feet below in an underground construction site. He was wearing a helmet!

The man has been transported to Harborview.


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Darling, I doubt very much they'll answer you.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | May 21, 2008 3:47 PM

Looks like a trench collapsed on someone or someone got trapped inside a vault of some sort.

Posted by six shooter | May 21, 2008 3:54 PM
Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | May 21, 2008 3:58 PM

Aw...I thought it was gonna be a Silence of the Lambs "put the lotion in the basket" pic.

Posted by Jonah S | May 21, 2008 4:05 PM


That doesn't sound like fun at all. I hope he lives. I hope the guy who put the sledge down there doesn't off himself if he doesn't.

Posted by Fnarf | May 21, 2008 4:06 PM

The sledge hammer was from a view condo owner at Metro Tower

Posted by Non | May 21, 2008 4:07 PM

Is this a promo for Hammerfall?

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 21, 2008 4:13 PM

Somebody's getting fired.

Posted by Greg | May 21, 2008 4:13 PM

Nobody fucks with Peter Gabriel and gets away with it.


Posted by AJ | May 21, 2008 4:19 PM

Why do three ambulances respond for one construction worker?

Do they flip a coin to decide who gets the transport, or is it first-come, first-served?

Posted by NapoleonXIV | May 21, 2008 4:22 PM


Posted by Mr. Poe | May 21, 2008 4:28 PM

what a scoop!

Posted by chops | May 21, 2008 4:32 PM

3 ambulances would respond to a call like this because you don't know for certain how many are injured. Crowded construction site, crane acident...lots of ugly possibilities. Dispatch doesn't always get the right info either. See above "man fell out of crane"...

Posted by Former EMT | May 21, 2008 4:34 PM

@10 - the Incident Commander on scene decides which "Ambulance" will transport the patient(s). The IC usually lets the paramedics choose.

For what it's worth, there are usually only as many "ambulances" on scene as there are patients. Usually the other "ambulances" are aid and medic cars. The cars are usually a means of transportation for the paramedics and EMTS. They also carry a lot of cool drugs and devices which come in handy when people are trying to not die.

Posted by six shooter | May 21, 2008 4:40 PM

God, how awful. A hardhat won't help much against something like that.

Back when I was in the Stagehand union you couldn't have any tools above a certain height from the stage without having a harness for them. But I don't know how you'd harness a sledge. In my youth - which was much skinnier - the harnessed sledge would probably have just taken me with it.

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | May 21, 2008 4:59 PM

But unlike the sledge, Catalina, you could scream on the way down, thereby alerting the fellow below to move out of the way and avoiding injury.

You, of course, would have been impaled.

Posted by Fnarf | May 21, 2008 5:08 PM

Fuck him.

I hope he dies for fucking up this city. Or has to live with a ead injury. Drooling vegetables are fucking funny!!!!!!!

Just another development nazi destroying seattle bites the dust.

Big deal

Posted by ecce homo | May 21, 2008 5:09 PM


Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | May 21, 2008 5:15 PM

"A hardhat won't help much against something like that."

The guy is alive, no? Without that hat, the hammer would have gone right through his skull.

Posted by Blunderplank | May 21, 2008 5:15 PM

Two years ago while walking downtown by the Sheraton construction a piece of sharp metal came flying from the inside of the building landing not two feet in front of me, shocking the guts out of me. whoooooosh, whoooosh, CLANK!. A stunned tourist had an OMG face. Not a peep from the constructioneers.

Posted by CommonKnowledge | May 21, 2008 5:17 PM

I will not survive this attack. Stalin has accomplished what he set out to do. I want you to undress me.

Posted by Leon Trotsky | May 21, 2008 6:05 PM

Hurray! Another TBI for HS!

Posted by umvue | May 21, 2008 6:13 PM

When I read "He was wearing a helmet!" I was like, "oh hell yeah!" I'm way stoked about that helmet right now. Imagine if he wasn't wearing one. Oh shit! But like, it turns out he was wearing a helmet! So it's a lot better.

Posted by Damien | May 21, 2008 6:59 PM

As an aside, the Hells Angels preferred weapon is a ball peen hammer.

Posted by Bob | May 21, 2008 7:08 PM

I don't begrudge the construction worker for getting such a full response, but why was there a helicopter? They were so close to Harborview.

Posted by Gidge | May 21, 2008 7:41 PM

Tommorow's PI Headline:

"Sledgehammer Had History Of Drug Abuse".

Posted by COMTE | May 21, 2008 9:22 PM

Construction workers do not wear "helmets"!!! They wear hardhats. Anybody on staff at this rag that's ever done a lick of real work? Apparently not

Posted by Construction Guy | May 21, 2008 10:27 PM

@27, I've wondered the same thing, as well as 90% of the commenters who seem to have developed career trajectories of parental trust funds and endless latte sipping at cafes. It's why the only thing that will stop the Islamobadguys when they hit the Seattle beaches in their Zodiacs will be hardhatted construction guys and felons on parole.

Posted by Bob | May 21, 2008 11:05 PM

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