A MAN suffered serious injuries and had to be airlifted to hospital after trapping his arm in machinery at an Elvington factory.
He was working at the Flatford Ltd mechanical engineering firm on Elvington industrial estate when his lower left arm got caught in heavy machinery at around 4pm on Monday.
A fire crew, paramedics and police all attended the incident and a police spokesman described the man’s injuries as ‘serious, but not life threatening’.
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service received a call at 4.12pm reporting that a worker had trapped his arm, but when they arrived the man had already been released from the equipment.
The crew helped paramedics transfer the employee, believed to be in his fifties, into the air ambulance which had landed in the nearby sports field.
He was then taken by helicopter to Leeds General Infirmary and his arm was operated on late on Monday night.
Rumours that his limb had been severed in the accident are unfounded.
The Health and Safety Executive is now investigating the cause of the accident and sent officers to the factory to inspect the scene on Tuesday.
Flatford Ltd is a steel fabricators and erectors based at Elvington and provides material for bridge, tunnel and elevated road building projects among others.
It has been operating at Elvington since 1980.
This incident comes less than a year after a former Mayor of Pocklington, Coun Martin Cooper, had a lucky escape in a similar scenario at Full Sutton Industrial Estate, last April.
He trapped his arm between the rollers of an industrial printer at the East Riding Sacks company and was airlifted to hospital with severe skin and tissue damage that required skin graft surgery.