Dead body still in boiler, two critical in trauma unit

San Francisco firefighters will remain on the scene of an industrial accident that left three workers trapped — one dead, one critically injured, one with crushed legs — under a four-story high metal structure while rescuers extricate a body from the wreckage, fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

The metal structure at 1000 Evans Ave. in the city's Bayview District is a former Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power plant made up of large steel girders and beams that hold equipment and several large boilers, Talmadge said.

A construction crew was working to pull down the structure before it collapsed and trapped the three workers around noon today.

One of the workers was extricated almost immediately after the accident and taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, Talmadge said.

Firefighters and rescue personnel located another worker, who was declared dead and whose body was accessible but not extractable, Talmadge said. The body was “basically encased in metal” after other rescues had been completed, she said.

Building inspectors were on the scene at about 2:40 p.m. to determine how to extract the body. Firefighters will also remain on scene during the recovery, according to Talmadge.

A third worker stuck in the wreckage was extricated and suffered injuries from crushed legs, Talmadge said. Both injured workers are in the emergency trauma unit at San Francisco General Hospital, she said.

Three members of the construction team were crushed, Talmadge said. All others have been accounted for and no other injuries were reported.

PG&E spokesman David Eisenhauer said work on the property is conducted by hired contractors as well as PG&E workers.

“Our main concern right now is the folks we hear were injured,” Eisenhauer said.

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