CHELSEA, Mass. (WHDH) -
One man is recovering in the hospital after a piece of heavy machinery he was operating broke and pinned his legs.
The Chelsea city employee was going to dig a hole for a tree when something went horribly wrong.
“We were digging a tree pit here and it appears that the attachment to the skid steer popped back and pinned the employee to his seat,” Director of Public Works Joe Foti said.
When the equipment trapped the man he started screaming so loud neighbors heard and called 911.
“All of a sudden I hear somebody screaming ‘help, help I need 911 call the fire department I need a front end loader. Help, help,’” Demitrios Galatis.
To help rescue the employee firefighters thought about using the Jaws of Life but decided instead to use a cable and pulley.
“There’s too much hydraulics, we didn’t know what was going to let go. We used this piece of equipment called a griphoist where we attached one end to the dump truck and the other end to the controls and we basically bent the front,” Chelsea Fire Capt. Mike Masucci said.
The employee was able to walk to the ambulance and is now recovering in the hospital where he is expected to spend the night.
“I talked to him as he was getting in to the ambulance and said he was feeling fine, just his legs were a little sore,” Foti said.