LAYTON, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A concrete worker is lucky to be alive after falling into a concrete auger. Emergency crews say around 10 am Wednesday morning the worker was cleaning the auger and as it was running he accidently fell in.
It happened at Geneva Rock at 750 E 3000 N in Layton, but the man works for Frontline Concrete Pumping.
It took emergency crews 30 minutes to get the man out. They had to use torches to cut away the metal to free the man’s trapped leg.
Doug Bitton with the Layton City Fire Department said the man was very lucky that someone stopped the machine. “It’s very aggressive and one that would surely do bodily harm if he was tangled up inside,” said Bitton. “Luckily the auger was stopped by an observant, or another co-worker, because all it was was the leg. It didn’t take him all the way into the hopper full body, just his leg.”
The worker, whose name has not been released, was flown to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. His leg was still attached when he was flown from the scene, but emergency crews aren’t sure if he’s going to be able to keep his leg.
Frontline Concrete Pumping has not released a comment about the incident.