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Carlstadt Factory Worker Pinned Beneath Steel Pile

Crews worked swiftly and steadily to save him.
Crews worked swiftly and steadily to save him. Photo Credit: DAILY VOICE photo

CARLSTADT, N.J. – A Carlstadt factory was expected to survive, possibly with the loss of at least one leg, after a pile of steel plates weighing nearly 1 tons fell on him Wednesday morning, Daily Voice has learned.

Responders worked steadily for more than an hour to free the worker after the 9:20 a.m. mishap at the Knickerbocker Bed Company on Commercial Avenue.

After sedating him, they hooked the worker to a heart monitor out of concern that he might go into shock once the pile was lifted.

A trauma surgeon also was summoned as a precaution.

The worker apparently was beneath a crane when the metal plate slipped loose from a hoist and fell on him, a responder told Daily Voice.

Firefighters, paramedics and police from Carlstadt, East Rutherford, Moonachie and Wallington were among those who responded.

“This was some rescue,” one of them said. “Thirty-five hundred pounds of steel crushed his legs.

“First responders and volunteers are often taken for granted,” he added. “You wouldn’t after seeing this.”

The worker was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center.

OSHA investigators were at the scene.

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