Brighton mechanic crushed after 2.5 tonne car falls on him

Brighton mechanic crushed after 2.5 tonne car falls on him

Brighton mechanic crushed after 2.5 tonne car falls on him

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A mechanic's leg was almost cut off when the 2.5 tonne car he was working under slipped and crushed him.

David Wakely, 23, was in agony after the car's disc brake sliced through his upper leg and severed an artery.

Despite his desperate pleas, his first aid trained dad Neil left the car on top of him to stop him bleeding to death.

The 46-year-old said: “It was terrible, it was the hardest thing I've had to do but I knew it was the right decision.

“He was begging me to get the car off but the disc brake was the only thing stopping the bleeding.

“We waited it out until the emergency services arrived and they put a tourniquet on him.”

Mr Wakely was working on his dad's car yesterday (SUN) morning in the street outside their home in Bolney Road, Moulsecoomb, Brighton.

Shortly after 10am, the people carrier slipped forward off of its jack and onto the trained mechanic's leg.

Speaking to The Argus shortly after the accident, his dad said: “He was in a lot of pain.

“I was just trying to keep everyone calm but I knew I couldn't lift it off his leg. He could have quite easily bled out.”

With the emergency services on the way, he grabbed another jack and lifted the car slightly to ease the pressure and stop the disc slicing through the bone.

But he knew he had to leave the metal disc in his son's leg to stop the bleeding.

Within 15 minutes firefighters from Preston Circus station were on scene and using their hydraulic spreaders to lift the car.

A spokesman for the service said: “It was a nasty and very deep wound.

“The paramedics had stabilised him and we just helped get the car out the way.

“He didn't say a word, he was in complete shock.”

After attaching a tourniquet, the ambulance service took him to Brighton's Royal Sussex County Hospital where he was rushed into surgery.

Doctors managed to save his leg and last night he was recovering in hospital.

Mr Wakely added: “I think the first aid course I did was a great help. I encourage my boys to learn first aid and I think the courses should be compulsory really.”

East Sussex Fire and Rescue last night issued a warning to others attempting similar work.

A spokesman said: “This was a completely avoidable injury.

“Anyone carrying out this kind of work should not only use axel stands but also chock the wheels.

“If something does go wrong then these simple steps can prevent horrific injuries.”

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5:11am Mon 10 Mar 14

twonk says...

First thing I was taught as a mechanic was if you jack something up, use axle stands.
First thing I was taught as a mechanic was if you jack something up, use axle stands. twonk
  • Score: 40

6:16am Mon 10 Mar 14

menowhere says...

the first thing I was taught was how to make tea. you must have had a quite garage to learn in.
the first thing I was taught was how to make tea. you must have had a quite garage to learn in. menowhere
  • Score: 19

6:52am Mon 10 Mar 14

Sir Prised says...

I have nothing but admiration for these surgeons. Some of the work they do is just amazing. Lucky lad that everyone worked so well together.
I have nothing but admiration for these surgeons. Some of the work they do is just amazing. Lucky lad that everyone worked so well together. Sir Prised
  • Score: 45

8:46am Mon 10 Mar 14

worthingite says...

HSE/VOSA Investigation please?
HSE/VOSA Investigation please? worthingite
  • Score: -26

8:48am Mon 10 Mar 14

qm says...

Very lucky young man and a very wise Dad! The outcome could so easily have been devastatingly life-changing! Some lessons just have to be learned the hard way sometimes - have a pile of T shirts to prove it ;)
Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery David! ;))
Very lucky young man and a very wise Dad! The outcome could so easily have been devastatingly life-changing! Some lessons just have to be learned the hard way sometimes - have a pile of T shirts to prove it ;) Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery David! ;)) qm
  • Score: 26

9:48am Mon 10 Mar 14

brighton-breezy says...

Well done dad, and hope you have a quick and full recovery pal.
Well done dad, and hope you have a quick and full recovery pal. brighton-breezy
  • Score: 16

11:55am Mon 10 Mar 14

Robotix says...

worthingite wrote:
HSE/VOSA Investigation please?
Press got this slightly wrong , he has a level 2 in mechanics but is a computer technician not a mechanic. So I think an HSE/VOSA Investigation not really possible or required.
[quote][p][bold]worthingite[/bold] wrote: HSE/VOSA Investigation please?[/p][/quote]Press got this slightly wrong , he has a level 2 in mechanics but is a computer technician not a mechanic. So I think an HSE/VOSA Investigation not really possible or required. Robotix
  • Score: 14

1:49pm Mon 10 Mar 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

I hope his leg is saved and he isn't left permantly disabled because of this.
I hope his leg is saved and he isn't left permantly disabled because of this. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 9

5:10pm Tue 11 Mar 14

ARMANA says...

Nice one David, glad you made it, your too young to die bud, Fantastic Dad,!!
Nice one David, glad you made it, your too young to die bud, Fantastic Dad,!! ARMANA
  • Score: 1

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