A MAN had to be rescued after falling and injuring his leg while working in a factory near Chester.
Rescue teams and paramedics were called to the GrowHow UK site in Grinsome Road, Ince, shortly after 1.30pm on Sunday.
The man had been working in the factory as a contractor and fell while working in a steel vessel and sustained a fracture to his lower leg.
Firefighters lowered themselves through an upper shaft entrance using line rescue equipment and helped the injured man to safety.
He was taken by ambulance to the Countess of Chester Hospital.
Debbie Pritchard-Jones, HR and public affairs director for GrowHow UK, said: “At about 1.25pm on Sunday, a contractor working on our shutdown was working in a vessel and fell and fractured his ankle.
“Because it was a confined space and the contractor was injured we called the off-site emergency services to rescue him and he was taken to hospital.
“We would like to thank the emergency services for a professional and prompt response and to wish the contractor well.”
Two fire engines from Ellesmere Port and two fire engines from Chester attended along with the specialist line rescue unit from Knutsford and Merseyside.
A spokesman for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Fire crews mobilised to a report of a person trapped in a confined space at premises on Grinsome Road in Ellesmere Port.
“Once crews arrived at GrowHow they discovered a man, who was approximately 15 foot down the bottom of a steel vessel.
“Safe systems of work were set up by crews and communication with the casualty established.
“Access to the casualty was gained through an upper shaft entrance using line rescue equipment.
“The casualty was assisted to the exit of the vessel using the equipment and handed over to the ambulance service.”