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This is the moment sparks fly as firefighters cut a shipyard worker free with an angle grinder after he fell on a foot-long steel bar and impaled his buttocks.
Rescuers who rushed to the Xiangzhi shipyard in the coastal city of Shishi in East China’s Fujian Province found the workman sitting on the reinforced steel bar, which is entirely inside his body.
He is said to have fallen from a height and landed with his backside first on the 1-foot-long steel bar, which was protruding from the foam board-clad floor of a ship’s hull.
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The workman and his colleagues were repairing a fishing vessel’s refrigeration cabin when the accident happened in the hull at 6:50pm local time on 21st June.
One of the worker’s colleagues can be seen sitting behind him and allowing the victim to lean on him for support as rescuers work to free him from the ship.
In the claustrophobic space, rescuers remove some of the foam board underneath the worker and begin shearing off the rebar, the video shows.
But they stop every few moments to pour water on the metal in a bid to prevent it from heating up too much and burning the victim who is attached to it.
The footage shows rescuers finally able to lift him off the cabin floor and into a basket which is then hoisted off the ship and onto the docks.
He was taken to a hospital for emergency surgery and is not understood to be in any life-threatening condition.
Workers at the shipyard said the victim fell onto the steel bar after slipping off the ladder while on his way down into the refrigeration cabin.
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