Trevor was working in a snubbing rig (a tall structure used to push pipe into a high pressure well) at a work site by Rocky Mountain House in 2001.
The rig was about 25 feet off the ground when he fell and impaled himself on a steel bar that went about eight inches through his shoulder. He recalled his knees coming back into his face, blackening both his eyes. He could also see that his nose had been partially torn off.
First responders had a hard time trying to free him from the steel bar, and he was on the ground for an hour and a half while a welding truck arrived to assist in cutting the steel bar. Finally, Trevor was taken from the scene by STARS to the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton.
Trevor also suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung. He spent two weeks in hospital, where he underwent surgery to insert three screws into his clavicle. It took six months of physiotherapy before he was able to work, during which time he had to retrain his arm.
“It was a pretty traumatic event,” said Trevor, who was thankful he was quite young when the incident occurred. “You don’t want to see anyone have that type of accident.”
“When something like this happens to you, it takes safety to the next level,” said Trevor. “You always think about what could happen. It definitely makes a guy a little stricter with safety protocols.”