A MAN has suffered potentially “life changing” injuries after he became trapped in machinery at a Blockley brickmakers.

Police were called at 3.35pm last Thursday to Northcot Brick, in Station Road, after receiving reports of an industrial accident.

The man, who is in his 40s and is thought to be from Honeybourne, is understood to have had his right leg trapped for more than two hours while the rescue operation was carried out.

A paramedic, a rapid response vehicle and first responder from South Western Ambulance Service were called and the man was flown by Midlands Air Ambulance to Wallsgrave Hospital, in Coventry.

He remains at the hospital and, despite the severity of his injuries, is now said to be in a “stable” condition.

A resident, who had heard about the accident but did not want to be named, said: “He was an extremely lucky guy.

“He was helped by two of his work colleagues who held him out of the machine while the rescue operation, which took a couple of hours, went on.”

A Gloucestershire police spokesman said the matter had now been handed over to the Health and Safety Executive.

The Health and Safety Executive said it was aware of the incident and an inspector had been out to the site on Monday, adding that it was too early to say whether there would be an investigation or not.

The manager of Northcot Brick was unavailable for comment when contacted by The Journal.

On the brickmakers’ website, it says: “Northcot is one of the very few brickworks that still takes clay from the same quarry used over the centuries... it is also a modern family-owned company that has brought the latest technology to bear on its production techniques.”