Man crushed by piece of equipment at Bettenson’s

A 39-year-old Red Deer man was seriously injured this morning after a piece of equipment used to pack down gravel fell on top of him at Bettenson’s Sand & Gravel Co. Ltd.

A 39-year-old Red Deer man was seriously injured this morning after a piece of equipment used to pack down gravel fell on top of him at Bettenson’s Sand & Gravel Co. Ltd.

“The manager was showing a labourer how to move a packer off of a trailer when the trailer’s tires tipped, which caused the packer to tip over and the manager was pinned between the packer and the ground,” said Lisa Glover, Alberta Occupational Health and Safety spokesperson, today.

He was taken by ambulance from the Red Deer gravel company to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, where he was assessed and transferred by air ambulance to Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary.

“He is in serious but stable condition and placed into an induced coma,” Glover said.

Cam Heke, STARS spokesperson, said at 7:40 a.m. a STARS helicopter responded to Red Deer hospital to transport the man who was in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety is investigating and issued a stop use order for the packer and trailer.

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