A WIGAN grandad who couldn’t move after falling and breaking his leg has expressed his thanks after being rescued by two construction workers.
Joe Tapner was walking his two dogs on fields behind Lowton Infant and Junior School when he encountered a freak accident and fell.
The 56-year-old, of Lowton, was stuck for more than 20 minutes until workers Gwyn Davies and Chris Haycock from Paragon Construction, came to his aid.
Joe, who has four children and four grandchildren, said: “My Jack Russell, Milli, went through a gap in the hedge and them my Alsation, Bella, who is on a training lead, ran off to meet her.
“The lead went round the back of my leg and Bella ran around me. Because I had my weight on my leg, it caught behind and it cracked, sounding like a gun shot, as I went down that hard.
“I rang my wife, Liz, and she said she would be on her way, but I was on the floor for 20 minutes. I was in extreme pain and it was extremely damp and cold. Someone did see me, but thought I was drunk, so ran off.
“Then luckily, two construction guys - Gwyn and Chris - came and helped me. I do not know what would have happened if the guys hadn’t heard me shouting for help. I will always be grateful to them.
“They did such a good job of keeping me calm and warm.
“When the ambulance came, it could not get to me as the ground was sodden and they would have to wait for another crew.
“Then Gwyn and Chris came up with the novel idea of using the company’s forklift truck, known as a Telehandler to transport me back to the ambulance, which probably saved a lot of time.”
The team, which also consisted of Michelle Silcock, headteacher at Lowton Primary School, placed Joe on a stretcher and he was then transported in the Telehandler to the awaiting ambulance, which took him to the hospital,
He had broken his right leg in two places and had to have a metal pin placed in his leg and is still on crutches.
Joe, who has been signed off work at Serco until January.added: “I am feeling much better now and my leg is recovering. I can’t walk far and I am virtually housebound.”