09:04 Tuesday 10 June 2014

Apprentice suffers 'nasty' injury at Holloseal Glass Ltd in Chettisham

Written byJORDAN DAY

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An apprentice was airlifted to hospital after suffering a “nasty” cut to his arm at a glass factory.

Emergency services, including the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA), were called to Holloseal Glass Ltd, based on the Chettisham Business Park, and arrived to find one of their apprentices, a young man in his 20s, had cut his left forearm.

The victim was losing so much blood that he had to be airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

Speaking to Ely News following the incident on Monday (June 9) afternoon, Fraser Nicol, the company’s managing director, said: “It’s an accident which we’re certainly not happy about.

“One of our apprentices - a young man aged in his early 20s and who lives locally - suffered a nasty cut to his left forearm.

“He was lifting a rather large sheet of scrap glass to put into the skip when the incident happened.

“From what I understand a couple of the other apprentices offered to help him but he refused and insisted on lifting it himself.

“It was a pretty deep cut. He was losing a lot of blood, which is why we put a lot of pressure on the ambulance service to attend. There was blood everywhere.

“We do have a health and safety policy in place and we have staff who are trained in first aid.

“They immediately started to help and worked to help stop the bleeding.

“The apprentice was airlifted to hospital and we are pleased to confirm that he is absolutely fine.

“My director of operations has been to visit him and he is now on the mend and we are looking forward to welcoming him back at work soon.

“We’d like to thank the emergency services for everything they did.”

A spokeswoman for the EAAA confirmed that the patient was airlifted to hospital and that he is in a “stable” condition.

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