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Worker Saved After Arm Caught in Meat Grinder

Orland firefighters took the man, with his arm still stuck in machinery, to Silver Cross Hospital to safely remove his arm from the grinder. The call was described as a first for the fire district.

Orland firefighters recently worked with Silver Cross Hospital doctors to save a man after his arm was caught in a meat grinder.

The Orland Fire Protection District were called Saturday about a worker whose hand was caught in a meat grinder, and extracting him without injuring him further would be lengthy and challenging on scene, according to a release from the district. Firefighter/paramedics on scene began taking apart the machinery around the grinder, in order to move the man to the hospital.

“The decision was made to transport the worker with his arm still in the grinder part of the machine to Silver Cross Hospital where doctors could assist the rescue team in the removal,” Orland Fire Chief Ken Brucki said in the release. “This was a first in the history of the Orland Fire Protection District.”

Once at the hospital, doctors determined that traditional surgery also wouldn’t work to save the man, given the machinery he was caught on, according to the release. Combining two disciplines, the man was released from the grinder by a firefighter using a smaller version of the Jaws of Life to cut away the machinery, under the emergency room doctors’ direction.

Brucki described it like a scene from a movie 

“The extrication lasted about 20 minutes and was successful,” Brucki said in the release. “The ER staff immediately took over care as the firefighters began to put their equipment back in service. This is another example of how well trained our Orland firefighters are to handle unique situations.”

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Patricia November 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM
SMH... Since subscribing to receive texts from the patch, I have seen many comments that make me wonder why I moved my family here.. Still SMH.
Stone Walker November 11, 2012 at 04:01 PM
.99 cents/lb Ground Beef at Berkot's this week....
Cindy November 12, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Love the jokes..but seriously, OSHA is going to be all over this accident not allowing the equipment back into use (not to mention the machine it self was disassembled) and any self respecting grocer would immediately pull any product that was near the accident scene..the contamination from the emergency crew and equipment in there is enough to toss any meat that was in that room.
Sammie T November 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Cindy has it right. I spent 30 years as a Safety Engineer. For Cher- it was not just an unfortunate accident. There is always a reason. Why is what mist be asked until the cause is determined. The person working the grinder may not have been trained correctly on how to operate the grinder. The grinder may not have had a working guard to protect an employee from injury, maybe the guard was removed. Investigating incidents where workers are injured, disabled, disfigured, lose body parts or killed is tough for eveyone involved. This young man was Blessed by immediate and timely action on part of Emergency responders and excellent decision making on their part and that of the Hospital ER Dr and staff. 17 yrs of my service was in firefighting, incident command and response and training EMTs and Paramedics.. Your community is in the best of hands! Jokes - no joking matter and in very bad taste and disrespectful to the injured person and his family. Step up and do something for the mans family .
Vance Johnson November 12, 2012 at 11:14 PM
The dude puts his hand in energized partially-disassembled machinery that isn't properly locked-out and we can't make jokes? He deserves a Darwin award. If you've never watched an OSHA safety video, they are just like a cheap porn flick, but without the sex.

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