Man taken to hospital after skip crushes hand

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29 Apr 2011

A MAN was taken to hospital after his hand was crushed under a skip.

It is believed he was one of two men loading the container from Bl Skip Hire, in Stockbury, on to the back of a lorry when his hand became trapped between the skip and the hydraulic lifting mechanism.

Police and ambulance were called to the accident in Asht-ead Drive, Bapchild, just before 4.45pm on Wednesday last week.

Kent Air Ambulance arrived minutes later and landed on the playing field at Bapchild and Tonge Primary School, in School Lane. Two fire engines from Sittingbourne were also called after initial reports of a man being trapped underneath a skip. He was already free when they arrived.

The road was closed from just before 5.10pm until 7.20pm while the emergency services tended to the man. Oliver O'Reilly, who lives three doors away from where the accident happened, heard the man scream out in pain.

The 14-year-old Borden Grammar School pupil said: "I was in my bedroom upstairs and I could hear the operating of the skip then I heard a yelp of pain. I looked out the window and heard someone shout 'call an ambulance'.

"By the time I got downstairs an ambulance had arrived. I think the man was in about his mid to late 30s.

"He was laying on the pavement with a towel around his hand. He was conscious and talking and asking for a drink of water. Later he was shouting out that he didn't want to go in the air ambulance."

The man was taken by land ambulance to Medway Maritime Hospital, Gillingham, with muscle damage. No bones were broken. The Health and Safety Executive has been informed and is making enquiries.

Nobody from Bl Skip Hire was available for comment.

It is believed he was one of two men loading the container from Bl Skip Hire, in Stockbury, on to the back of a lorry when his hand became trapped between the skip and the hydraulic lifting mechanism.

by Hayley Robinson
Kent Messenger

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