A BOY of 16 had to be rescued by firefighters when his hand was crushed in a factory printing press.
Two fire crews from Hyndburn Fire Station were called to the East Lancashire Box Company on Spring Street, Rishton, shortly after 1.30pm last Friday, after the employee got his hand wedged between two rollers.
Watch manager Phil Whittaker said: “We were the first on the scene and had to administer first aid. We gave him oxygen to aid his respiration; he was quite distressed when we arrived.
“We started disassembling the machine and used hydraulic spreaders between the rollers and within about 20 minutes we managed to release his hand.
“He received quite severe crush injuries to his hand.”
Paramedics took the teenager, who has not been named, to the Royal Blackburn Hospital for treatment.
A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive said it was awaiting a report from the company, but confirmed an investigation would be carried out.
Staff at the East Lancashire Box Company declined to comment.