Roofer hurt in crane accident

April 03, 1996|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore roofer who was struck by an industrial crane's boom while working at the Springfield Hospital Center was in critical but stable condition yesterday afternoon at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Robert W. Arbogast Jr., 46, was working atop the geriatric building at the Sykesville hospital about 9: 10 a.m. when a crane being used to lift materials to the roof broke free from its mounting, said Libby Luebberman, assistant chief of the Sykesville Fire Company.

"Whatever the cause, the boom on the crane fell and struck the man in the back," she said.

Rescue workers treated the injured man on the roof and used a rTC basket to lower him to the ground. He was flown by state police MedEvac helicopter to the trauma center, she said.

State police are continuing to investigate the accident, a spokesman at the Westminster barracks said.

Pub Date: 4/03/96

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