Rescue crews worked for over a half hour freeing a worker who was trapped in an industrial accident at a concrete business early Wednesday morning. 5/22/19Damian Giletto, The News Journal
A man working on a mixing tower at Heritage Concrete in Townsend became trapped up to his chest in machinery Wednesday morning and had to be rescued by firefighters.
The 22-year-old worker was trapped for about 45 minutes while rescuers from multiple fire agencies conducted a high-angle, confined-space operation to get him out of the concrete-mixing machine and lowered 30 feet to the ground, New Castle County Paramedics said. He suffered significant injuries to his lower body, paramedics said.
Shortly after the rescue, Townsend Fire Company Chief Ricky Clark said how the man got stuck still wasn’t clear. He couldn’t be reached for updates Wednesday afternoon.
State police are investigating the accident.
The worker was carried to a waiting ambulance after he was extracted from the mixing tower and then flown to Christiana Hospital, according to county paramedics.