A 46-year-old man was working on a roof of a single-story house Thursday when he lost his balance and fell, landing on a metal post in a chain link fence that impaled him in the left hip area, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.
The accident happened about 6 p.m. at 3101 E McBerry St. When paramedics arrived, the man appeared to be straddling the fence. They realized he was impaled and called for backup.
Paramedics helped to lift his weight off the fence without taking him off the post, which was embedded about 6 to 8 inches in his hip and pelvis area. Awake and alert, the man told rescuers what happened. He was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital, where he is in serious condition. Tampa Fire Rescue did not release his name.