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Man Injured at Scrap Yard in Charlottesville

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A man is recovering at the University of Virginia Medical Center after being injured by a piece of metal Tuesday morning.

Rescue crews responded to Gerdau of Charlottesville – a metal scrap yard on Meade Avenue - shortly after 10 a.m.         

According to Deputy Chief Landon Harris of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad, an employee was working on a metal pile with a loader when the spring launched through the window and impaled him.

"We just had to get a scene assessment, patient assessment, and we used a simple method to get him down.  A stokes basket via ground ladder and rope to get him to the ground," said Harris.

The man was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.    

Gerdau's corporate headquarters in Tampa, Fl., say the employee was not impaled as initial reports indicated.  They report the employee was struck by a metal object in his upper chest - shoulder area.  They release the following statement: 

Gerdau confirms that an employee was injured this morning at its metallics raw materials facility in Charlottesville, Va. First responders attended to the man until emergency services arrived and transported him to a local hospital. Out of respect to the employee and his family, no additional details will be provided at this time.

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