Worker who suffered critical injuries airlifted into Major Trauma Centre in only 12 minutes

Industrial Accident - Malvern (5-5-15)

Tuesday 5th May 2015 – 1.02pm – Murray MacGregor.

A worker has been critically injured after a roller shutter landed on him at an industrial unit.

The accident happened at a work unit on Sparrowhawk Close in Malvern at around 11.00am this morning, Tuesday.

Initially an ambulance and rapid response vehicle were sent to the scene, but they quickly asked for an air ambulance to be sent.

The Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham was tasked to the scene. However, on further examination, the ambulance staff further requested a doctor and the MERIT trauma doctor flying on the Midlands Air Ambulance from RAF Cosford was further dispatched.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, the crews were told that the man, who was in his 40s, had been struck by the roller shutter and had been trapped under it. Colleagues rescued him from underneath using a forklift truck but he had suffered significant chest injuries.

“He was sedated and then anaesthetised at the scene before being airlifted to the Major Trauma Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham by the Cosford aircraft with the doctor on board. Airlifting him meant he was able to get to specialist care in just 12 minutes.”

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