MIDDLESEX CENTRE-A London man pinned beneath a massive concrete block will have to have his arm amputated, leaving his family with an uncertain future, his wife says.
Ontario’s Labour Ministry is investigating the workplace incident at Coldstream Concrete that seriously injured a 38-year-old employee Wednesday.
The injured worker’s wife identified him as Geoffrey Morphew, a father of four and dedicated employee.
“It’s a devastating day for us,” Sarah Morphew said in a Facebook message toThe Free Press.
Describing her husband as an amazing man, she questions how the family will be able get by without her husband’s income.
“He will be devastated when he wakes up,” she wrote.
“I have no idea how we’ll manage without him working.”
A worker at Coldstream Concrete is overcome with emotion on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, following an industrial accident that seriously injured a 38-year-old employee at the Middlesex Centre operation. (DALE CARRUTHERS, The London Free Press)
Emergency crews were called to Coldstream Concrete, located at 402 Quaker Lane in Middlesex Centre, about 11a.m.
A man was taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, Middlesex OPP said.
Established in 1945, Coldstream Concrete provides pre-cast concrete products for the construction and drainage industry, according to its website.
Known to his co-workers as Geo, Morphew was inspecting two box culverts — cement structures that allow water to flow under a road or bridge — when the crane holding one of the culverts failed, said a co-worker.
The culvert, weighing nearly 23,000 kilograms, crushed Morphew’s arm, the co-worker said.
“It could have happened to any of us,” the man said, adding more than a dozen employees walked off the job after the incident.
“We’re really shook up over it,” he said.
The Labour Ministry was notified and sent an investigator to the scene, a spokesperson said.
“It was reported that a concrete culvert was being moved when it fell and injured the worker,” spokesperson Benjamin Lim wrote in an email.