Factory worker’s arm crushed

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AN investigation has been launched after a worker’s arm was crushed at a factory.

The man, who is his early 20s, was trapped between industrial rollers on a machine used to flatten rubber at TCB Products in the Firsdale Industrial Estate, Nangreaves Street, Leigh.

Three fire engines and a special appliance attended the scene at 6.15am yesterday to help free the man.

When they arrived, he had been trapped for around 15 minutes, and it took more than an hour to release him from the machine.

He had one arm trapped up to his elbow, while the fingers of the other hand were also stuck.

He was taken to Wigan Infirmary with “severe damage” to his arm.

Watch manager Steve Pattyson said: “He had been there for around 15 minutes, so we had to get him free as soon as possible.

“The machinery wasn’t giving much, so we had to dismantle part of it and make some space.

“We used airbags, wedges, spreading equipment and sheer manpower to get him free.”

Police informed the Health and Safety Executive about the incident.

A spokesman for the HSE confirmed that an investigation had been launched.

A representative for TCB declined to comment.