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Specialist crews rescue man trapped under steel

By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Vehicle / Rescue / Hazmat

  5.33 PM 28 August, 2014

Location: District 8 News, General

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A specialist CFA rescue crew from Dandenong have freed a man trapped under 700kg of steel at a factory in Keysborough.

CFA District 8 Operations Officer Paul Carrigg said CFA crews did an excellent job with the delicate rescue.

Highly trained speicialist rescue firefighters used a large ladder platform truck and ropes to rescue the injured worker from a stack of pipes around three metres off the ground.

OO Carrigg spoke to 3AW's Tom Elliot about the delicate rescue.

OO Carrigg also praised the efforts of the man’s co-workers who were quick to stabilise him before CFA firefighters arrived on scene.

“He’s very lucky to have survived this incident – I believe the actions of his coworkers probably saved his life.

“Somehow the steel fell on him pinning him around the legs, while approximately three metres off the ground.

“Crews managed to free the man using a specialist rescue appliance within 30 minutes of arriving on scene.”

The conscious and breathing man was airlifted to hospital where he was treated for serious leg and shoulder injuries.

CFA received the call out just before 3:00pm and the man was freed around an hour later.

Last Updated: 29 August 2014