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article imageToddler airlifted to hospital after farm accident

By Alan Bainbridge     Mar 12, 2013 in Environment
Knaresborough - An 18-month old girl is being treated in hospital for serious hand injuries after trapping her arm in machinery at a poultry farm at Farnham near Knaresborough.
Dave Winspear of the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service told the BBC that the girl had caught her arm in the rollers of a conveyor belt and it took fire crews 45 minutes to release her during freezing conditions, using a DeWalt saw.
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance was dispatched to the scene and the toddler was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary at 1100 on Monday, accompanied by her mother.
Mr Winspear issued a warning to farmers to ensure that machinery is properly guarded with access restricted only to trained operators. "The fact it was a child is irrelevant - it could happen to anyone" he said in an interview with Farmers Weekly.
The Health and Safety Executive has been informed and North Yorkshire Police said the girl's injuries are not life threatening.
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is funded by a charity that relies on donations to maintain the £7000 per day emergency helicopter response service.
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