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NIAGARA FALLS – A 20-year-old contractor working on construction of the new Greenpac Paper Mill project at Norampac was seriously injured Thursday morning when his leg became trapped between two large steel rolls that were being installed.

The man, who has not been identified, was working for an outside contractor installing the new rolls for the paper machines when his right leg became trapped between the rolls, said Niagara Falls Fire Department Battalion Chief Gregory Colangelo. Greenpac Mill is a division of Norampac, being built behind the plant at 4400 Royal Avenue.

“We got a call at approximately 9:30 a.m. for man trapped in an industrial accident. When we got there a man working as an outside contractor in the new paper mill had his leg trapped between two large, steel rolls. With help from the other outside contractors who were there we were able to use a crane to get him out of there,” said Colangelo.

The man was taken to Erie County Medical Center.

Colangelo said the man did not have his leg amputated, but was seriously injured. Colangelo said it is not believed to be life-threatening. His condition is unknown at this time.

Norampac is a Canadian company which manufactures cardboard containers. The 250,000-square-foot Greenpac Paper Mill is being built on 18 acres of land adjacent to Norampac and will manufacture lightweight linerboard made from 100 percent recycled materials.