SPRING, Texas (KTRK) — The family of a contractor whose leg had to be amputated following an industrial accident at a Randalls in Spring is asking for prayers.
On Friday, 53-year-old Steve Scheaffer was working on a refrigeration system at the grocery store when a line ruptured.
The noise was so loud, employees inside Randalls thought there was an explosion in the back of the store and reported seeing smoke.
“Upon investigation, we discovered it was not an explosion due to gas. It was actually an industrial accident, an overpressure or rupture of a refrigerant line,” said Woodlands Fire Department Battalion Chief Jason Washington.
Washington told ABC13 Eyewitness News Steve was rescued from the top floor.
“He was upstairs, so obviously he could not make it down on his own. So we had to go up with some rescue equipment to make sure we could transport him down safely,” Washington said.
Austin Scheaffer, Steve’s son, told ABC13 his dad also suffered head trauma due to the fall but doesn’t believe the injury is permanent.
“He just woke up today for the first time today,” Austin said. “He’ll remember and then he’ll forget. So, I think over a couple of days he’ll start remembering some stuff.”
But despite everything, Austin said his father remains in good spirits and doesn’t believe this will slow him down.
“He’s still got his humor, for sure,” he told Eyewitness News. “This is not going to slow him down.”
Steve still has two surgeries left, and the family is asking prayers from everyone.
“Send prayers, that’s all we can ask for.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family.
When Eyewitness News reached out to Randalls regarding the incident, they released the following statement:
“We are cooperating with the investigators on the scene. The store is currently closed until authorities determine that it can re-open. All questions about the incident should be directed to the local authorities’ public information officials.”