LACONIA — A crane operator suffered severe lower body injuries Thursday morning on Province Street after the boom of his crane collapsed during the setup at 9:21 a.m.
Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson said the man was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital and later airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. Two other employees escaped injury.
City Police Officer Lindsey Legere was on patrol in the area and saw the boom collapse and immediately responded to assist, notifying the fire department that there were injuries, said Erickson.
Erickson said all three men were on the ground blocking the tracks when the boom, which was vertical, appeared to fall forward. It struck the victim on the way down but didn't land on him.
"The boom formed a triangle as it fell and he was under it," said Erickson. "Something caused it to break."
Erickson said the area is sealed off while the New Hampshire State Police and OSHA investigate.
City Police Officer Lindsey Legere stands by as city firefighters take away a man who was seriously injured when the boom of a crane collapsed Thursday morning. (Photo courtesy Laconia Fire Department)
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