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Worker injured at Peabody gelatin manufacturer

A man was flown to a local hospital after he fell 25-feet off a platform at a gelatin manufacturing company in Peabody and broke his arm late Saturday afternoon, a fire official said.

The worker, who is in his 30′s, was a contactor at the Rousselot facility at 5 Allens Lane. He fell between vats used to break down cattle bones around 4:40 p.m., Deputy Fire Chief Richard Nelson said.

A regional technical rescue team from Essex County responded to the scene and retrieved the man with a stokes basket, Nelson said. He was taken to the South Memorial baseball field and then flown to the hospital by helicopter.

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The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration also responded to the scene, Nelson said.

An e-mail sent to the Dept. of Labor, which oversees OSHA, was not immediately returned Sunday.

Rousselot manufactures gelatin and collagen-based products for bio-medical applications, according to its website.

The company did not respond to requests for comment.


Adam Sennott can be reached at adam.sennott@globe.com.