Firemen free man's hand after 2½ hours

2010-07-28 17:09

Johannesburg - A worker's hand has been freed after it was stuck in a cement funnel in Alberton, Gauteng paramedics said on Wednesday.

The worker, in his forties, stuck his hand into a corkscrew funnel running between two cement tanks and could not get it out, Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said.

The funnel, at a cement factory in Alrode, was 10m off the ground and firemen had to be called in to assist with a hydraulic platform.

An angle grinder was used to slowly cut away the metal around the man's hand.

After two-and-a-half hours, his hand was freed.

The man sustained serious lacerations and was rushed to Netcare Union Hospital in Alberton.

Botha said the worker was lucky not to lose his hand and he would regain full function once the wounds had healed.