Worker Dies after being Trapped in Machine

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 @ 11:12 AM gHale

A worker died Tuesday after suffering serious injuries when he was trapped in machinery 15 meters in the air at a factory in Telford, UK.

Steve Westbrook, 47, became trapped at GKN Wheels and Structures, in Hadley, at 10 p.m. Thursday.

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He became trapped in a large metal pressing machine used to make automotive parts. He was given advanced trauma care at the scene by hazardous area response team paramedics, before being rushed to the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Crews used line rescue equipment and ropes to free the man from the machinery.

Fire crews were at the scene for just under an hour and a half rescuing the worker from the machine.

“Crews arrived to find the patient, a man, who had suffered serious injuries,” said Ella Finan, a West Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman. “Due to the man being at height on a raised piece of machinery, hazardous area response team paramedics used safe working at height techniques, along with the fire service, to reach the patient.

“The man was given advanced trauma care on scene before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to a major trauma center for further emergency care.”

“At 10.15 p.m. last night police were informed about an industrial accident at GKN Sankey in Queensway, Hadley,” said West Mercia Police spokeswoman Eleanor Harris. “A 47-year-old man was taken to hospital, where he is currently in a stable condition.

“The extent of his injuries are not yet known. Health and Safety Executive have been informed.”

The site in Telford, which manufactures and engineers parts for the automotive, construction and agricultural industry, says it is now working with internal and external officers looking into the incident.

“We are very sad to confirm that our colleague has subsequently died in hospital from injuries suffered in that accident,” said Sali Morris, marketing and communications director at GKN Wheels and Structures. “He was attended to by the fire brigade and ambulance service before being transferred to hospital. It was one of our areas where we have presses and he was working at height. Our thoughts are with our colleagues and the family and friends of those affected by this tragedy.”

The company has now started an onsite investigation and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

“We’re now cooperating with internal and external officers to ensure the correct steps are taken,” Morris said.

Natalie Dunn, a Health and Safety Executive spokesperson said, “HSE is aware of the incident and making initial enquiries.”



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