An employee of a wastewater treatment facility in Frederick County needed to be flown to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore following an accident that left him injured and trapped in a confined space for an extended period of time.
The worker was performing maintenance on a pump in a water storage tank when the rope fixed to his safety harness was caught in a different pump, slamming his body against a pipe. According to a battalion chief from the local fire department, the injured Maryland worker was given immediate care at the site of the accident, and was moved to an area beneath the pipe to allow rescuers to access and safely extract him.
According to another fire fighter at the scene, the man was extracted from the accident site in a basket stretcher using a crane. A battalion chief made the decision to call in a helicopter from the Maryland State Police due to the length of time that had elapsed since the injury. The man was trapped in the confined area for about 40 minutes, in addition to the fact that his injury left him temporarily unconscious.
The battalion chief noted that length of extraction was dangerously close to the end of the “golden hour,” which is the hour immediately following an accident in which emergency treatment is most critical. He also mentioned that the extent of the worker’s injuries was not immediately apparent, but that he was fully conscious and talking to the rescuers as his stretcher was loaded into an ambulance.
Source: FrederickNewsPost.com, “Worker taken to shock trauma after accident at wastewater plant,” Brian Englar, 2/23/2011