Man impaled on fence, critical

2010-05-12 17:02

A man is in a critical condition after he was impaled on a fence

while trying to cut down a tree in Brakpan.

He was standing on a ladder cutting a tree around 1.30pm today when

the blade of the chainsaw jammed, throwing the worker off the ladder and onto

the palisade fence, Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha said in a statement.

“When paramedics arrived on scene they found the man hanging upside

down, impaled on the fence.”

A grinder was used to cut him free.

“After they secured the metal protruding from the patient’s body,

he was secured on a spinal board and stabilised.”

He was airlifted to the Netcare Union hospital.

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