Friday 6th May 2016 – 9.15pm – Murray MacGregor.
A forklift truck driver has walked free from the devastated insides of a warehouse after an accident that saw tonnes of good come down on top of him leaving him trapped for around eight hours.
West Midlands Ambulance Service responded to the incident in Hatton Road in Hinstock near Market Drayton at 9.40am on Friday morning.
Initially, an ambulance, a BASICS Emergency Doctor, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with the MERIT trauma doctor on board were sent along with two paramedic officers and the Hazardous Area Response Team.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “One patient was treated at the scene for the effects of shock while fire and ambulance staff assessed the situation so that a resuce attempt could be mounted.
“Firefighters from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service were joined by specialist Urban Search and Rescue teams from West Midlands, Merseyside, and Leicestershire.
“They were joined by staff from West Mercia Police and the Health and Safety Executive. The operation was co-ordinated using the new WMAS Command Vehicle which has only recently entered service and provides the latest multi-agency working platform.
“Astonishingly, after so long trapped under the contents of the warehouse, the worker was able to walk out of the warehouse. He was then assessed by the paramedics from HART and was subsequently taken to Princess Royal Hospital as a precaution, but he appears uninjured.
“This is an excellent example of interagency cooperation that demonstrates the value of close cooperation and joint working.”