Builder Has Thigh Impaled By 7 Bars In Freak Accident

Story ByBuli LiangSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyAsia Wire Report


This is the unlucky builder who feared he would be crippled after his thigh was impaled by seven metal bars in a work site accident.

Nong Zeheng, 24, was part of a team building a new motorway in Chaozhou’s Chao’an District, which is in South China’s Guangdong Province, when the accident happened.

Seven 3-foot-long reinforced steel bars protruding from a wooden board collapsed onto him, piercing the front of his left thigh as he worked on a 45-foot scaffold.

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All seven bars came out the underside of his thigh, and he had to be lifted off the scaffolding by a crane and put in an ambulance which took him to Chaozhou Central Hospital for treatment,

Members of the local fire service were also called in to help shorten the metal bars, shearing off the exposed sections with specialised hydraulic rescue cutters and even a saw.

He was then taken into surgery to have the remaining rebar sections removed.

Xie Zhongshen, the facility’s head of orthopaedic surgery, said: “There wasn’t much bleeding while the steel bars were inside his leg, but as soon as they’re pulled out, there was a risk his blood would squirt out and haemorrhagic shock may occur as a result.

“Fortunately, the rebars went right through without damaging any of his nerves or blood vessels.”

Speaking about the accident, Nong said: “I was so scared I would be crippled.”

Doctor Xie said Nong can expect to make a full recovery if no infections are found.

Buli Liang

I am a freelance stringer and journalist based in China.

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