DIY injuries keep emergency services busy

Last updated 19:22 09/03/2014

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A man with a power tool embedded in his chest and a man whose arm was injured by a chainsaw kept emergency services busy this afternoon.

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter airlifted both injured men to hospital yesterday. 

The aircraft crew were first called out to Dannevirke at midday on Sunday.

A 47-year-old local was seriously injured when the angle grinder he was working with ''kicked back'' and cut into his chest. He was then driven to the Dannevirke Medical Centre, and made a shocking sight for centre staff when he walked in to seek medical attention.

The street in front of the centre was temporarily closed off while the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was called in to airlift him to Wellington Hospital.

He underwent surgery and remains in a stable condition.

Later this afternoon, an Eketahuna man was pruning trees when his arm was injured with a chainsaw. His family applied first aid before the rescue helicopter took the 34-year-old to Palmerston North Hospital, where he remains in a stable condition.

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- Fairfax Media

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