Worker Seriously Injured in Fall From Home Under Construction in Oakley

"It was bad," said witness Rafael Flores, who was painting the house next door.

A construction worker was seriously injured when he fell at least two stories from a home under construction in Oakley Friday morning.

He was disassembling scaffolding surrounding a new home when the structure he was standing on collapsed, according to a painter who rushed to the man’s aid.

Rafael Flores, 43, of Ceres, who was painting the house immediately next door, and several other workers tried to help and called 911.

"It was bad," Flores said. "He had his right fingers broken, something sticking out of his chest on the left side, and the side of his face was smashed, with his eyeball bulging out."

East Contra Costa Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Burris said the man was airlifted to John Muir Medical Center in critical condition with traumatic injuries, but is expected to recover with quick treatment.

Paramedics told Flores they were checking for internal injuries and hoping to save his eye.

The man was one of three brothers who own a scaffolding company, Flores said. The victim’s brothers were also working on the site and comforted him as he was prepped for the air lift.

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