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Roofer injured after falling into adjacent basement at southeast Calgary construction site

A Calgary construction worker fell from the roof he was working on into the open basement of the under-construction home next door at 500 block of Masters Road SE. in the Mahogany neighbourhood on Thursday, August 26, 2021. Global News

A man suffered injuries after falling from the roof he was working on into the open foundation of the neighbouring under-construction home in deep southeast Calgary Thursday evening.

It happened at around 7 p.m., in the Mahogany neighbourhood. Police, EMS and firefighters all responded to the construction site accident at 500 block of Masters Road SE.

A Calgary construction worker fell from the roof he was working on into the open basement of the under-construction home next door at 500 block of Masters Road SE. in the Mahogany neighbourhood on Thursday, August 26, 2021. Global News

The man, who was working as a roofer, fell more than 12 feet, or three metres, as he toppled from roof the one home and into the open basement of the house being built next door.

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“When AHS arrived, they found the gentleman in the adjacent foundation,” Calgary Fire Department acting district chief Mike Carter said.

Firefighters were asked to help rescue the man by performing a high-angle rescue.

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“We had to call in our technical rescue team and our aerial truck,” Carter said.

Area residents watched as the man was strapped to a stretcher and airlifted by a ladder truck out of the hole, up into the air, and down to the waiting EMS crew and stretcher on the street below.

A Calgary construction worker fell from the roof he was working on into the open basement of the under-construction home next door at 500 block of Masters Road SE. in the Mahogany neighbourhood on Thursday, August 26, 2021. Global News

The 32-year-old man was taken to hospital with what was described as “potentially life-threatening injuries.”

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When asked whether proper safety equipment was being used before the fall, Carter said police contacted occupational health and safety to investigate.

No other details were available.

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