Sherman Oaks Worker in Grave Condition After Industrial Accident

The worker was trapped under lumber for several minutes before he was freed.

A construction worker who became trapped under lumber in an industrial accident Thursday in Sherman Oaks was rushed in grave condition to a hospital, a fire department spokesman said.

The accident at 14241 W. Ventura Blvd. was reported at 8:42 a.m., said Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The worker was trapped for several minutes and his co-workers worked to free him and eventually initiated CPR following the instructions from a 911 dispatcher over the telephone, Prange said.

Firefighters and paramedics arrived and took over the effort. The worker was transported in grave condition to a local trauma center, he said.

Details about the accident and the person involved were not immediately clear.

The mayor's Crisis Response Team was sent to the location to support workers, he said.

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