SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A man was severely injured in an industrial accident on New Market Avenue earlier today. According to officials, rescue units were dispatched to the 1600 block of New Market Avenue on a report of a man pinned by a steel beam. Upon arriving at the scene South Plainfield Fire Units found a male worker heavily entrapped under a steel beam weighing approximately 25,000 pounds.
South Plainfield Fire called for the Middlesex County Urban Search and Rescue Team along with a heavy rescue (Squad 1) from Plainfield Central Fire Headquarters. Additional units from Piscataway's New Market Fire Department and North Stelton Volunteer Fire Company, and the Metuchen Fire Department responded with mutual aid coverage.
Rescue officials at the scene units were able to secure and stabilize the steel beam utilized numerous amounts of cribbing. The Fire Department made use of the overhead crane and the experience of the operator and foreman in setting the chains to perform a lift of the beam at the one end. EMS and paramedic units examined the patient and started treatment as extrication was underway. The load was lifted and the trapped patient removed and placed into the stokes basket and was removed from the scene by EMS personnel. The patient was transported to Franklin School where an awaiting medivac helicopter transported the victim to a trauma center.
Note: Information regarding this accident was supplied by BNN reports and the SPVFD