Man escapes hopper machine at SE Portland recycling plant

PORTLAND, Ore. – A team from Portland Fire & Rescue labored an hour and 45 minutes Tuesday to rescue a man trapped in a large hopper machine at a Southeast Portland recycling facility.

The man was freed, sustaining only minor injuries, and was transported to a hospital. Hoppers generally are containers that hold materials that are mechanically discharged through a chute.

Firefighters responded at about 2:30 pm  to a report of an industrial accident at West Rock Recycling, 6328 S.E. 100th Ave., Portland.

PF&R's Technical Rescue Team set to work freeing an adult male whose legs were stuck in the machine from the shins down.

They had to disassemble part of the machine, support it, then move part of the machine, to free the man.


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