LORDSTOWN - A contractor working to dismantle an automotive press was partially crushed Wednesday morning on the property of the General Motors complex here.
The 56-year-old man, whose name was not immediately released, was seriously injured when the machine fell and crushed him from the waist down, according to authorities who responded about 11:30 a.m.
The man's name was not immediately released, but he listed two home addresses, including one in Leavittsburg and another in Sterling Heights, Mich. He was working for Industrial Contracting Corp. of Sterling Heights.
According to sources, the man was working to dismantle an obsolete press that had been removed from the GM fabrication plant with a team of workers outside the building on the property's north end. Rescue crews were called immediately.
Upon arrival, it took 13 minutes to free him and get en route to St. Elizabeth Health Center, according to Lordstown Fire Department. The fire department and private ambulance company Clemente handled the call.
No condition was available from the hospital.
Several contract companies are doing work at the Lordstown complex, most in the fabrication plant as the plant undergoes retooling work to prepare for the launch of the next generation Chevy Cruze.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration did not respond to a request for information on the incident. No one answered the phone after hours at Industrial Contracting Corp. in Michigan.