Rescue: worker trapped in conveyor belt funnel

2010-05-03 00:00

A WORKER at a Phoenix factory almost lost his life on Saturday afternoon after being trapped for over seven hours in the funnel of an industrial conveyor belt, which is used to transport sand and rock.

According to Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks, the man was working near a large funnel when he fell in, and was trapped by tons of shale, rock and sand. “Rescuers from Netcare 911’s specialised rescue unit, paramedics and eThekwini Metro firefighters battled for hours to free the man, but the loose rock and shale continued to collapse on him as they worked,” said Wicks.

After being freed, the man was admitted to uMhlanga Hospital.

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