2 Feb 2012

Worker pinned under crane for over six hours

3:35 pm on 2 February 2012

A forestry worker has been airlifted to Waikato Hospital, after being pinned under the arm of a crane for more than six hours in a forest near Taupo.

The man, believed to be in his late 40s, was working on a self-loading machine, when the incident happened about 3am on Thursday.

He was discovered by forestry contractors just after 9am, still pinned in the machine.

A St John specalist paramedic in Taupo says they had to call in a second crane to help free the man.

Greame Harvey says the man has serious crush injuries to his right hip and leg, and will have surgery at Waikato Hospital.