COCONUT GROVE (CBS4) – A man who nailed his hand of the roof of a Coconut Grove home required the help of Miami Fire Rescue Thursday afternoon, and they were forced to conduct a tricky rescue that involved cutting part of the roof away.

Rescue crews responded to the home at 2949 Day Avenue and found the man, who had been working on the roof, unable to free his hand from the roof.

Fire Rescue Lt. Iggy Carroll said the man was using a nail gun and accidentally nailed his finger to a piece of wood.

“It was that one finger on his left hand where the nail went through and into the wood. And we wasn’t able to free himself, so that’s when they called 911,” Lt Carroll said.

After determining that they could not safely free the man, crews used a  hand-held power saw to remove the section of roof attached to his hand.

“We actually had to cut the roof around his hands so we could safely move him down,” said Lt. Carroll.  “Anytime you have someone impaled you don’t want to pull it out. We cut around it.”

Lt. Carroll said it took about 90 minutes to safely get the man down, mostly because paramedics called to the houise decided they needed a little extra help to safely get the 47-year-old man down.

“Because of the pitch of the roof and the drop was about 30 feet, our units called for additional resources, so we brought a special team, our Technical Rescue Team, to come out here and provide a little more safety equipments for our paramedics to remove this gentleman.”

He was transported to the hospital for treatment, with the piece of roof decking still attached, in good shape.

Comments (7)
  1. Albro says:

    Do NOT look for this guy on angies List.

  2. Jeff says:

    For cryin’ out loud! I nailed myself to a beam, furring it out; freed myself with my hammer. What kinda crud is THIS? A RESCUE TEAM? This is a joke, right?

    1. Jeff says:

      I’ve seen the guy now. As I figured…

      1. Lima Zulu says:

        What could you possibly get from just looking? Oh wait, now I get it, bigot.

    2. Big_C says:

      Joke? This Is SPARTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Tammy says:

    Looks like someone else nailed him to the roof being a smart@ss, or he did it on purpose from where I’m sitting. I smell a workman’s comp claim and a lawsuit. There is absolutely no way this happened the way the story is being told.

  4. puddintame says:

    Now that’s what I call news!