Status: 29.11.2023, 16:35 PM
By: Barbara Schlotterer-Fuchs
Firefighters discuss how they can lift the laminated beams, which weigh several tons. © Herald
A dramatic rescue operation took place on Tuesday afternoon at BayWa's building materials store in Peiting: During the delivery of glulam beams weighing several tons, a goods that had already been unloaded and stacked began to move and buried the lower body of a truck driver. "We have never experienced a situation like this before," says Peiting's fire brigade commander Klaus Straub.
Peiting - He explains how it came about that the three unloaded laminated beams – each weighing two tons, about 15 meters long and 1.5 meters wide – were able to start moving. Apparently, they were only to be stored temporarily, in BayWa's customer parking lot in front of the gate. It is slightly sloping because of the drainage. "We had extremely freezing wetness," Straub said. "It was smoother than in the ice stadium." The fact that the unsecured finished parts were shrink-wrapped in plastic did the rest.
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When the truck driver, a 51-year-old Ukrainian, wants to loosen the tension straps on his goods still loaded on the truck, the glulam beams start to move and clamp the man's feet between himself and the truck.
Fire brigade on site after five minutes
Five minutes after the alarm was raised at 16:40 p.m., the Peiting fire brigade arrived with 30 men and five vehicles. The emergency services are presented with a dramatic picture: How is the trapped person to be freed? "You don't move anything with your hand," says Straub. The firefighters first grab a saw and a cut-off grinder and try to remove a component from the truck. The attempt fails. Every movement of the rescuers needs to be carefully considered. After all, there is a risk at any moment that the load will once again start to move and injure the 51-year-old even worse. The weir therefore carefully secures the components with wedges.
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Rescue for the trapped man finally arrives in the form of an air lifting bag, which the fire brigade can use to lift heavy loads. "This was ideal because the air cushion has a large, wide contact surface and the heavy load could be pushed away well and safely."
After 30 minutes, the man is freed
After half an hour, the man is freed. Because the alerted helicopter cannot fly due to the weather, a Sanka takes the seriously injured man to a hospital. According to initial assessments, the 51-year-old is said to have several fractures on both legs, according to Schongau's police chief Herbert Kieweg. After the rescue, the fire brigade secures the laminated beams to prevent further accidents.
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