Worker at Port of Indiana business extricated from equipment

2013-02-01T18:00:00Z 2013-02-02T12:06:03Z Worker at Port of Indiana business extricated from equipmentJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | A worker at a Port of Indiana business was seriously injured Friday and had to be extricated from a large piece of equipment.

The Frick Services employee was airlifted to South Bend Memorial Hospital after being caught in the equipment for about 90 minutes.

Portage Fire Chief Tom Fieffer said the department was called about 10 a.m. Friday to the company for a man trapped in a fertilizer elevator.

When fire responders arrived, they saw the man's left arm caught in a conveyor belt. Firefighters freed the man by using hydraulic extrication equipment and electric saws to cut away materials around where his arm was caught.

He was extricated from the equipment by about 11:20 a.m.

Fieffer said the man, who has not been identified, appeared to be in stable but serious condition.

He was transported by Memorial Medflight.

Fieffer didn't know how the man got his arm caught. The company stores, loads and off-loads fertilizer via conveyor belts.

Heidi Frick, of the company's home office in Wawaka, Ind., said the company had no comment Friday on the incident.

Portage called in the Porter County Technical Rescue Team to assist in freeing the man, Fieffer said.

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