NEW DETAILS: Man flown to hospital after work accident

It happened north of Firth in a field near the intersection of S. 82nd and David Dr. around 2:50 p.m. Thursday. 

FIRTH, Neb. (KLKN) — A Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) employee was flown to the hospital following a work accident.

It happened north of Firth in a field near the intersection of S. 82nd and David Dr. around 2:45 p.m. Thursday.

He and coworkers were clearing brush from an easement under nearby power lines, skid loaders were also being operated at the time. One skid loader, equip with a front-loaded disc grinder, struck a rebar electric fence post hidden under the brush.

This ejected the rebar, impaling 46-year-old Roger Kempf of Lincoln, about 60 yards away, in the lower back.

Seriously injured, a medical helicopter was called in to transport Kempf from the scene around 3:30 p.m.

He was immediately taken to a hospital for surgery to remove the rebar. He has since been released from the ICU in stable condition.

 


Original story posted Thursday, July 16th at 3:31 p.m.

A man was flown to the hospital after a work accident.

It happened north of Firth in a field near the intersection of S. 82nd and David Dr. around 2:50 p.m. Thursday.

A medical helicopter transported the man from the scene around 3:30 p.m.

Crews responded to the scene on reports that the man had been impaled by a piece of rebar.

It wasn’t immediately clear what condition the man was in when he was taken from the scene.

A Channel 8 Eyewitness News reporter is on the scene working to gather more information.

This is a developing story, we will continue to provide more details as they become available. 

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