A local contractor was airlifted to a Valley hospital with serious chest injuries after being crushed.
Payson contractor Danny Heubel, 44, was injured in an industrial accident Wednesday as he was loading concrete block onto his truck, Payson Police Sgt. Tom Tieman said.
The accident occurred at 1:30 Wednesday afternoon in the construction yard at Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Company on Highway 87 next to Wal-Mart.
Heubel was tying a pallet to the top of a stack of concrete block in the bed of his truck, when the forklift he was using lunged forward, trapping Heubel between it and the truck, Tieman said.
"His injuries might have been a lot worse if the pallet hadn't slipped down between him and the forklift and cushioned him," Tieman said.
Heubel was in a lot of pain, but awake and talking when airlifted to the Valley, Tieman said.
Heubel's condition is not known at this time.