Rochester (NY) Firefighters Rescue Man Trapped in Machine

Photos and report from John Spaulding

On Wednesday, January 2, 2019, the Rochester (NY) Fire Department was dispatched to a man trapped in machinery at 45 McKee Road.

Arriving companies had several updates and arrived with the Rochester Police Department at just before 2100 hours.

Firefighters found a middle-aged man with one of his arms trapped in a laundry device that automatically folds hospital gowns. The captain of the truck company locked out/tagged out the electricity to the machine and secured the keys.

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One of the workers of the company was frantically using hand tools to disassemble part of the gear/chain/roller mechanism.

Other firefighters performed EMS and the others began formulating plans A, B, and C.

The man was trapped for about 20 minutes with nonlife threatening injuries to his arm. He was freed with basic hand tools and a set of irons.

He was transported to a local hospital by AMR.

Rochester Fire Department (G2) Engine 3, Truck 5, Rescue 11, Battalion 2, Engine 1 and Car 99 (Safety) were on the job.

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