Man impaled in horrifying Leeds accident

fIREFIGHTERS freed a workman whose arm was impaled in a horrifying accident.

The Hazardous Area Response Team - pictured here in training - attended the scene.

Specialist paramedics were also called to the scene opposite the Lawnswood Arms, Otley Road, Adel, yesterday morning, (August 25) after the accident involving a crane operator.

The man was standing on a platform on the back of a truck operating the crane when the crane arm came down, impaling his arm onto a metal rod. The crane arm then pinned him down onto the controls.

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Paramedics from Hazardous Area Response Team gave the man the powerful sedative ketamine. A nearby crane was used to stabilise the one that had come down and the crane arm was then lifted off the man, who was conscious throughout.

Watch commander Michael Knox from Cookridge fire station said: “He was quite distressed, in pain obviously and there was a lot of blood. All he wanted to do was get his arm out but we needed him to stay calm.”

He was taken to Leeds General Infirmary. Cleckheaton technical unit also assisted as did crews from Rawdon and Moortown.