Midway fire crews rescued a man who had his hand pinned between an elevator chute and the elevator car, according to officials.
Fire rescue crews were called about 1 p.m. Thursday to the 700 block of Springs Avenue for the incident inside a home elevator. The man’s hand was being crushed between the floors and stalled the elevator.
The victim was not working alone and another person was able to place a hammer in the small gap between the elevator car and floor to stop further injury to the man’s hand and wrist, officials said. They stood on the hammer’s handle until firefighters arrived to stop the elevator from moving.
Fire crews placed a haligan tool in the gap to brace the car and provide enough lift for the individual to remove his hand, officials said. But the elevator was stuck between floors and the men could not get out, so crews had to stabilize the car then cut a hole in the roof.
It took crews about an hour at the call and once the man was freed from the elevator he refused to be taken to a local hospital, officials said. The Pawleys Island Police Department assisted in the incident.