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Worker trapped under quartz in Clearwater rescue

TBO.com staff
Published:   |   Updated: September 9, 2013 at 05:15 PM

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A worker was rescued after being trapped beneath a slab of granite at Pelican International.

LARGO — A 45-year-old Clearwater man was injured today when roughly 10,000 pounds of quartz fell on him as he was trying to unload a pallet of the stone at Pelican International, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Sergio Alvarez was taken to Bayfront Medical Center following the 12:10 p.m. accident at 6140 Pelican International in Largo. He was expected to survive his injuries.

At the time of the accident, Alvarez was unloading several upright pallets of quartz when the supports of one pallet broke, and the pallet leaned into him, essentially pinning him in a vertical position between two pallets. As each pallet contains roughly 10 sheets of quartz, with each sheet weighing 1,000 pounds, Alvarez had 10,000 pounds up against him, the sheriff’s office said.

It took area firefighters 30 to 45 minutes to extricate him before he was flown to Bayfront Medical Center, but he was conscious and talking throughout the rescue, said Shelby Willis, chief of Largo Fire & Rescue.

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