AN EMPLOYEE at a concrete recycling company in Meriden had to be airlifted to hospital after his arm became trapped in machinery last week.
Fire crews were called to Coleman and Company in Cornets End Lane at 11.30am on November 8 to free the man whose arm was caught between a conveyor belt and metal roller at the concrete recycling site.
Paramedics treated the worker’s multiple fractures before he was airlifted to a hospital in Coventry.
A West Midlands Fire Service spokesman said: “The concrete crusher was isolated and, in conjunction with paramedics at the scene, we administered first aid and used small tools to safely release the man’s arm from the machine. It was safely completed within half an hour.”
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman added: “The man believed to be in his 30s was treated for fractures to his hand and arm. The man’s arm was immobilised using a splint and the casualty was airlifted to the major trauma centre at University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment.”
James Howard, Coleman and Company’s general director, said the Meriden site had been closed as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out their investigations.
“We are working with the HSE and are fully cooperative with any investigation that will happen.
“As it stands at the moment, the site is closed. We felt that was appropriate.
“We’ll make a decision about reopening the site when they deem it appropriate.”
He added that the firm have ‘an exceptional’ health and safety record.
Their website states: “We passionately believe that no one should be harmed as a result of coming to work.”