Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Worker crushed at Hampshire waste disposal centre

A worker has been crushed at a waste disposal centre in Hampshire.

Richard Mintram became trapped against an overhead gantry on a hydraulic platform on the Charleston Industrial Estate, near Hythe on Wednesday.

He was flown by air ambulance to Southampton Hospital with suspected fractures to his spine and neck. His condition is stable, police said.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is investigating the incident at the waste disposal firm Tradebe.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance had been deployed elsewhere so the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance had to be drafted in from RAF Benson in Oxfordshire.

Police said the 44-year-old was working on a lifting device when the accident happened at about 10:00 BST.

Released by colleagues

A Hampshire police spokesman said: "He was working on a cherry picker inside a metal building when he appears to have been crushed between the cage and an overhead gantry."

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: "The victim had been released by colleagues before we attended.

"He was given first aid by both fire officers and paramedics before being taken to hospital by air ambulance."

A Tradebe spokeswoman confirmed that Mr Mintram is a full-time electro-mechanical maintenance technician.

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