A West Bromwich man has become the 100th patient to be airlifted into the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
The 35-year-old was taken to the trauma centre after suffering a serious penetrating wound after falling off a platform and landing on the handle of a piece of equipment in Pelsall Road, Brownhills, at 3.25pm on Wednesday.
An ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “It is not clear how the incident happened, but the crews were told that the man had fallen approximately four feet onto what looked like a broom handle.
“The handle penetrated the man’s groin and went up into his abdomen.
“Fire crews were called to remove the bottom half of the handle so that the man could be airlifted to the Regional Trauma Centre.
“It was important to leave the handle in place until the man was seen by surgeons. Using the helicopter ensured that he got to hospital as quickly as possible.”