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DFEMS: Multiple injuries at IPI construction site

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(Press Release) — On Friday, Jan. 10, 2019 at 11:24 a.m., the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services received a forwarded Department of Public Safety dispatch call from a male individual reporting multiple people injured from a collapsed scaffolding at the Imperial Pacific International construction site in Garapan.
At 11:24 a.m. Medic-1 from Susupe Fire station, Medic-2 and Engine-2 from the Garapan Fire station were dispatched to the location. The first arriving unit, Medic-2, was on scene at 11:25 a.m.
Upon arrival, DFEMS personnel found two patients laying on their backs and a third patient sitting.
Patient one (48-year-old male, Chamorro) was complaining of chest pain and difficulty breathing Based on assessment, patient sustained a one-and-a-half-inch laceration to his forehead. The patient stated he was working alongside another male individual when the man-made scaffolding fell on top of them causing them to fall one story below.
Patient two (48-year-old male, Chuukese) was complaining of body wide pain. He stated he was working alongside patient one. Both patients said they did not lose consciousness and were fully mobilized using a cervical collar and spine board to prevent any further injuries.
Patient three (20-year-old male, Chamorro) was complaining of body wide pain. He stated he was working on top of the scaffold when it collapsed. Patient stated he fell about 10 feet (one story) down and landed on his back. Patient said he did not lose consciousness. Patient sustained obvious signs of swelling to the lower left leg along with multiple contusions and abrasions to the lower back area.
All three patients were treated and transported to Commonwealth Health Center Emergency Room.
No information regarding the patient's condition will be released by DFEMS. Updates on the patients’ treatment and status at CHC should be referred to its public information officer.
In a statement, Imperial Pacific International said:
“It’s always unfortunate when incidents happen at a construction site. We pray for the speedy recovery of the workers involved, and we’ll cooperate fully with U.S. OSHA and DPW in investigating the cause. We will continue to uphold and enforce high safety standards.”
In a separate statement, the Commonwealth Casino Commission said:
“The CCC was informed of an incident that occurred at the Imperial Pacific Resort construction site whereby it appears a few construction personnel were injured in an accident. Preliminary investigation attributes the incident to a platform collapsing. Both the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services and the Department of Public Safety were onsite and dealt with the situation. Once news of the incident broke, the CCC also deployed Division on Enforcement and Investigation agents to the site to monitor the situation. Gaming operations were not impacted by the incident. The CCC will continue to monitor the situation.”

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