Boise Police, Firefighters and Ada County EMS responded to a call of a man trapped beneath a large pallet of mirrors in East Boise this afternoon. Emergency responders performed CPR on the man, who was initially found unconscious and not breathing. At this time, the man is hospitalized with what appear to be life-threatening injuries.
What Happened: Workers at the business called 911 at 3:15 this afternoon reporting the accident had just occurred inside the warehouse located off West McGregor Drive and Geckler Lane. Boise Police were first to arrive on scene and began trying to uncover the man who was trapped beneath a pallet of large mirrors. The pallet weighed an estimated 5,000 pounds.
When rescuers were able to uncover the man, he was unresponsive. Firefighters on Engine 3 began CPR and were soon assisted by Ada County EMS. The man was transported to a hospital where he remains with what appear to be life threatening injuries.
The man, estimated to be in his 50's, is an employee of the business.
The witnesses and the injured man's family in this case are receiving support and assistance through the Boise Police Department Victim Services Unit. To learn more about Victim Services log onto www.boisepolice.org and click on Crime Victim Services.
The Investigation: Boise Police are investigating the incident. At this time it appears to be a tragic accident.
It is not uncommon in cases of industrial or business accidents for government agencies like OSHA to join officers in their investigation in an effort to ensure workplace safety.