Man rescued after serious injuries atop rig

Rescue: fire department stages dramatic rescue of man trapped on an oil rig

A local fire department staged a dramatic rescue at a drilling site in Arkansas after a worker was trapped some 20 metres atop a drilling rig with several broken bones.

The man, identified as 49-year-old Manny Sanders, was injured when the line of a large cable pulley snapped as it was being raised up the rig, slamming Sanders against the platform he was standing on, according to local news reports.

Sanders reportedly suffered several broken bones, including both legs, an arm and his pelvis. He was trapped for almost three hours on top of the derrick. He could be heard moaning in pain in video of the rescue, as co-workers tried to comfort him and keep him secured.

The incident occurred in the town of Mandeville in Miller County, Arkansas, on Monday morning.

The Texarkana, Texas, Fire Department's high-angle rescue team was able to bring Sanders safely to the ground. He was then airlifted to hospital in Texarkana. Reports said he was recovering at a hospital in Little Rock on Wednesday.

No other injuries were reported. A crew from the Miller County Volunteer Fire Department was also on the scene.

Sanders works for Lewisville, Arkansas-based Young Well Services. The US Occupational Safety & Health Administration is expected to investigate.

Separately, six workers were badly burned by scalding hot water after a steam pipe burst in Karnes County, Texas.

The oilfield is operated by Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas, which bought out Plains Exploration in last year's super-merger.

The incident occurred on Tuesday morning. Four of the workers reportedly suffered second- and third-degree burns from boiling-hot water and steam.

The men were listed in stable condition, reports said.


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