Bellevue firefighters Friday rescued a construction worker pinned to the ground by a commercial ditch digging machine at the Golf Club at Newcastle. Using pry bars, wood cribbing and rescue air bags to ensure the 54-year-old man wasn’t injured during the rescue, the firefighters freed him in about a half hour.
The man was working on the 17th hole of the golf course, located at 15500 Six Penny Lane in Newcastle, when he became trapped under the large machine at 9:59 a.m.
Aid 8 from Bellevue's Lakemont/Cougar Mountain Station arrived at approximately 10:04 a.m., along with other Bellevue firefighters and apparatus, including the rescue truck. An engine company from Eastside Fire and Rescue also responded.
The machine initially had the worker pinned to the ground, exerting pressure on his carotid artery. Responders had to plan a careful rescue to make sure the man suffered no further injury.
The man suffered injuries to his left arm and chin, and was taken to Harborview Medical Center by Bellevue Medic 2. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.
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