RARITAN TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – A man was flown to the hospital Thursday morning after an industrial accident at a construction site on Robin Hill Way in Raritan Township.
On April 30, at 10:43 a.m., the Rescue Squad and Hunterdon Medical Center’s mobile intensive care unit EMS-1 responded to a construction site on Robin Hill Way in Raritan Township for a reported industrial rescue involving a “roller machine,” the Flemington-Raritan First Aid and Rescue Squad said in a Facebook post.
While units were responding, additional information from county dispatch indicated that a soil compaction machine had overturned into a septic system. Based on this information, Rescue Chief Tom Hoffman had the Hunterdon County Technical Rescue Task Force respond and the Raritan Township Fire Company establish an aeromedical landing zone, authorities said.
Once on scene, first responders found a single patient in a large excavation for a future septic bed and the excavation was about ten feet deep, authorities said.
The victim reportedly was operating the machine near the excavation when it began to overturn into the hole. He then apparently jumped clear of the machine and was not pinned beneath it, but fell in the hole, authorities said.
First responders rigged a simple rope haul system and positioned a ground ladder in order to perform a reverse ladder slide in order to move the patient to ground level, authorities said.
The victim suffered injuries to his lower extremities as a result of the fall and was flown to St. Luke’s Allentown Campus, authorities said.