Mechanic airlifted to hospital after being crushed by car

The air ambulance services has had to come to the rescue after a mechanic working at a car garage in Lancashire got trapped under the vehicle he was working on.

The unnamed male was working at the Pye Motors car workshop in Ovangle Road when the incident happened. A vehicle that he was performing repairs on collapsed in what the Lancaster Guardian has called an “industrial accident”, which led to the air ambulance being called before the mechanic was flown to the Royal Preston Hospital.

Stories such as this are relatively common in the motor trade industry. They demonstrate the value and importance of car garages having employer’s liability cover as part of their motor trade insurance policy; this will offer financial protection should a member of staff suffer an injury while working, which could require large amounts of compensation. Furthermore, engineering inspection cover means that - if regular maintenance checks are completed on pieces of heavy machinery - a business can make a claim should they then unexpectedly fail.

According to the Lancaster Guardian, the vehicle fell on the worker at around midday on 25 November. Ovangle Road was closed off for a short time to allow emergency vehicles access to the scene while a North West Air Ambulance landed in a car park nearby.

A spokesman for North West Air Ambulance said the man was suffering from serious neck and back injuries, which were not thought to be life-threatening.