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A medical helicopter awaits as firefighters and EMS get help from a heavy wrecker, freeing an injured worker from beneath a hydraulic lift that tipped Friday afternoon. Steve Dzubay photo.

UPDATE: Amery man mending from construction-site injury

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An Amery man working at a home construction site in the Town of Clifton was pinned beneath a hydraulic lift for an hour Friday afternoon before rescuers used a heavy wrecker to move the machine and whisk him a waiting medical helicopter.

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Clayton Ewer, 34, was listed in good condition on Monday morning, according to a spokeswoman at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

River Falls Fire and EMS personnel were called at 1:58 p.m. to N7425 1170th Ave. to help someone said to have been trapped beneath a "man-lift", a nickname for a self-propelled hydraulic lift.

Deputy Adam Olson of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department later described the machine as a four-tired telescoping fork lift which was being used to lift rafters to the top of the house. Olson said the weight of the rafters and the angle of the lift caused the lift to overturn. The boom crashed through some framing and landed on Ewer's leg, pinning him to the floor of the home.

The lift operator was identifed as Lonnie Ewer, also of Amery.

A heavy boom-equipped wrecker from Jerry's Towing at Roberts was used to lift the machine and free Ewer.

Meanwhile, Pierce County sheriff's deputies closed traffic on 1170th to permit the helicopter to land near the hilly construction site, about seven miles southwest of River Falls.

Property records show the landowner's address as 1220 Namekagon Loop, Hudson. At their June 5th meeting, town officials approved a permit for Bennett to construct a new home at the location.

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