AmericInn workers save man trapped under riding lawn mower
A man is alive today after good Samaritans came to his rescue.
A lawn care worker was mowing the lawn on a West side Madison hill when the mower slipped. Skid marks show the mower slid about 10 feet down a hill and then fell 5 feet off a ledge onto the AmericInn Lodge and Suites property.
Patrick Sias, the General Manager at the AmericInn on Grand Canyon Dr. in Madison said the incident happened around 11 a.m. on Monday.
A worker cleaning the courtyard found the lawn care worker unconscious and trapped underneath his riding mower. They said he was barely breathing and had turned purple.
Sias said immediately all employees were radioed to come for help and he, along with three other AmericInn employees carried the mower off the man, saving his life.
Sias said was able to cradle his head to help him breath while they waited for help to arrive. He said by the time the ambulance took off for the hospital, the man was able to speak and tell emergency crews what his name was.
"Seeing someone in peril like that is, it really gets your adrenaline going and you want to do everything you can to help them and I just pray he's O.K.," Sias said.
According to an investigating officer, the man suffered broken ribs and a fractured sternum.
OSHA is investigating the incident. The man was doing lawn work for Boley Tree and Landscape Care at the time of the incident. Another employee said the injured man has been working for the company for at least a year. OSHA representatives tell NBC 15 the investigation will reveal if any safety standards were violated when the incident happened.