Man sustains broken legs

A TAYSIDE Contracts employee has suffered two leg fractures after being crushed by a tarmac chipper at the Roods in Kirriemuir.

The 55-year-old, who has not been named, was taken to Ninewells shortly after the incident last Tuesday, November 6.

The tarmac chipper was being used in the Roods area of the town to lay down aggregate and soften the road finish. It appeared that the man had been working behind the machine when it rolled backwards onto his left leg.

After initially being trapped by the machine, crews from the police and ambulance services rushed to the scene to free him.

A probe into the circumstances surrounding the incident is under way.

Richard Cranny, deputy director of Tayside Contracts, said that the man, who is still in hospital, is in a stable condition.

“We have had contact with his family and the hospital and understand he has suffered serious fractures to his leg. It is broken in two places,” he said.

Mr Cranny continued: “He will be in hospital for a few days yet and we will speak to him when he is out to compile a safety report.”

A Tayside Police spokesman said that officers were carrying out inquiries.