A worker suffered serious leg injuries after getting trapped in machinery at a business premises in Aberdeenshire yesterday.
Police, fire crews and paramedics were called to Hunting Energy Services’ site in Portlethen after the accident happened in the machinery shop at about 1pm.
Firefighters used airbags and forklift to free the 45-year-old before paramedics took him to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. His injuries are serious but not life-threatening, police said last night.
It is understood the on-site contractor became “stuck” in machinery while shifting equipment in the oil and gas services firm’s yard.
It is believed the man was a trainee on his first day of work at the firm, but the company were unable to confirm this last night.
A spokesman for Hunting Plc said: “We can confirm that an on-site contractor was injured at our Badentoy Industrial Estate premises in Portlethen yesterday.
“The male was involved in an incident whilst assisting with the delivery of machinery. Emergency services were alerted immediately and he was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where it is understood he is in a stable condition.
“With the investigation into the incident on-going, the company cannot comment on specific details at this time.
“Hunting’s priority has always been the safety and well-being of both its on-site visitors and staff.”
Last night the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and police confirmed they were investigating the incident.
An HSE spokeswoman said: “We are aware of the incident and are making inquiries. At the moment we are just making preliminary inquiries.”
A police spokeswoman said they were carrying out inquiries “to establish the full set of circumstances” surrounding the incident.
Two fire appliances from Altens were sent to the scene, along with an urban rescue team from North Anderson Drive.
A fire service spokeswoman said: “There was one person trapped, we had a fork lift in use and assisted the ambulance.
“Equipment used included chock and blocks, and airbags which were used as a precaution. He was released by placing them under the machinery.”