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Decatur Fire and Rescue, ambulance personnel and Air Evac paramedics rescued an injured worker from the top of this equipment at DCA Ready Mix.
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Decatur Fire and Rescue, ambulance personnel and Air Evac paramedics rescued an injured worker from the top of this equipment at DCA Ready Mix.

Tower rescue Firefighters save pinned-down concrete maker employee

By Paul Huggins
phuggins@decaturdaily.com 340-2395

A DCA Ready Mix employee was rescued from a 60-foot tower Friday after getting pinned by heavy equipment.

Rod Frost of Trinity, a 13-year employee of the concrete maker, was helping two electricians perform maintenance on a turntable shortly after 9 a.m. when he accidentally bumped a switch that caused the machine to rotate and then pin him against the side.

His position prevented him from breathing and he passed out, said Mike Gerstman, DCA manager.

Fellow employee helps

Another employee trained in rapid medical response resuscitated him until Decatur Fire and Rescue arrived, he added, but Frost went a couple of minutes without breathing.

Rescue personnel from Stations 1 and 2 used a ladder truck to reach Frost.

They worked on him for about 40 minutes before they could secure him in a stretcher and bring him down. The trip down took about eight minutes as rescue workers gingerly moved the victim, estimated to weigh 250 pounds.

On the ground, nine rescue workers (firefighters and ambulance personnel from Decatur Emergency Medical Services Inc. and Air Evac) spent about 15 minutes stabilizing Frost so they could regulate his breathing.

The ambulance took him to Huntsville Hospital, and as of Friday, he was in the surgical intensive care unit.

Gerstman said Frost sustained a concussion and three broken ribs, and though still in critical condition, was expected to recover.

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