A STEEL site worker got trapped in machinery and had to be carried down six flights of stairs by fire crews.
The man, aged 48, became stuck between a metal bar and a wall at Tata Steel on Doncaster Road, Dalton, Rotherham.
It is understood the employee had already freed himself by the time fire crews from Rotherham station were called out to the incident at 6.10am yesterday.
But, with the assistance of paramedics, firefighters carried the employee down six flights of stairs in an evacuation chair so that he could be treated.
Fire crew watch manager Mark Radford said it was believed the man had back and pelvic injuries.
He said: “He had got stuck between a wall and a metal bar.
“He was released from that quite easily but he sustained some injuries.
“He’d just started a shift. It’s thought the machinery moved and he was in the way of it.
“We liaised with the ambulance service and carried him all the way to the bottom level of the works.
“There were six flights of stairs and we used an evacuation chair to get him down.
“He had back and pelvis injuries, not thought to be serious, but enough that we had to take care in getting him down the stairs.”
Paramedics attended the scene after getting a call at 5.48am.
The employee was looked after on site before being taken to Rotherham Hospital for further treatment, where he remained yesterday lunchtime.
A Yorkshire Ambulance Service spokesman said the man also had an injured finger. Tata Steel confirmed there had been an incident at the site, which has around 1,000 employees.
A spokesman added: “An employee suffered an injured thumb following an incident at the Rotherham steelworks at 5.45am.
“The 48-year-old was given first aid by colleagues before being taken to Rotherham General Hospital.
“Tata Steel is investigating the incident.”