Tuesday, June 15, 2004

This will not happen to me... honest!

Man rescued after shelves, record albums collapse at Coral Springs warehouse

CORAL SPRINGS - A 57-year-old electrician was rushed to a nearby hospital Friday morning after several thousand pounds of metal shelving stacked with old-fashioned vinyl record albums collapsed on him at a warehouse.

The worker, George Johnson, of Tamarac, was standing on a ladder while installing lights in a Dot Marketing warehouse on the 3600 block Northwest 124th Avenue at 10:14 a.m. when the accident occurred.

Several of the nearby 7-foot high shelves fell over for some reason, triggering a virtual landslide of metal shelving and the packaged vinyl record albums. Johnson was soon completely covered by thousands of pounds of debris.

People outside the warehouse heard the collapse and Johnson's anquished screams for help. They rushed in to help and called 911. It took rescuers and emergency workers 20 minutes to unbury Johnson.

Fire-Rescue spokesman Mike Moser said Johnson's life was probably saved because he fell first, then the ladder, then the boxes. The way the ladder landed, it created a cave-like void in which he lay protected from the crushing weight.

Johnson was conscious when he was placed aboard a helicopter for a fast flight to nearby North Broward Medical Center. A condition report was not immediately available, but his injuries were reported to be non-life threatening.

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