Horror as man traps his arm in machinery at Hinckley furniture factory
A man was airlifted to hospital after his arm was broken in several places when it became trapped in machinery at a furniture factory yesterday.
The 26-year-old worker was taken by air ambulance after his arm became stuck in a rolling machine at Hammonds Furniture in Nutts Lane, Hinckley, at about 8.15am.
Firefighters from Hinckley and the technical rescue unit from Leicester were called at 8.21am.
The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance landed on a nearby football field.
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A spokesman for the air ambulance said: "Within five minutes of arriving the air ambulance paramedic and doctor, alongside the fire and rescue service, managed to extract the patient's arm. Our doctor was able to sedate the man using medication that only doctors are permitted to administer."
Paramedic Philip Bridle said: "The incident was limb-threatening as there was no pulse.
"When we arrived, the man was in considerable pain. We were able to release the limb and straighten it enough to return a pulse.
"The arm was broken in several places. We gave the patient pain relief and airlifted him to Royal Derby Hospital."
Dee Smith, a spokesperson for the East Midlands section of the Health and Safety Executive, said: "We are aware of the incident and are making initial inquires."
A spokesman for Hammond Furniture said: "We can confirm that there was an accident.
"The company is working closely with the authorities and emergency services to investigate the situation and will release a more detailed statement when able to do so."