By Steve Large

VACAVILLE (CBS13) — Thousands of pounds of steel rods came crashing down on a man today at a Vacaville iron company, trapping him under the massive pile.

Rescuers managed to free the man trapped at Valley Iron in Vacaville in less than an hour.

His hands resting on his head in relief or disbelief. This iron worker’s leg is held in place with a yellow vacuum splint after getting pinned under 3,000 pounds of metal.

The ride waiting for him at the end of the work day was a helicopter for a trip to Kaiser South in Sacramento.

That ride followed a tense, hour-long rescue.

The center slid out of about 3,000 pounds of 2-inch tubular steel that had been bound together, catching the employee’s leg.

Aerial pictures show the rescue scene outside the warehouse in Vacaville.

Firefighters and police responding just after 5 p.m.

The company’s website touts the company as a family-owned business run for more than 55 years, with an 86,000-square-foot distribution facility.

CalOSHA shows no record of previous workplace violations at the location in at least 20 years.


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