Man’s Arm Trapped In Bakery Machine

February 3rd, 2010 by

(justnews) MIAMI – A worker was hurt on the job Tuesday morning at a Little Haiti bakery.
The 25-year-old worker had only been on the job for two weeks when the accident happened. While preparing dough inside the bakery, the man got his hand stuck in a bread machine. Most of the man’s hand became wedged between the machine’s two steel rollers.

The equipment is used to prepare and thin out dough by applying pressure. The machine is equipped with an emergency shutoff switch, but the victim could not reach it.
The man screamed, drawing the attention of another worker who came and turned off the roller and called 911.

“We know that several workers tried to pry it out, tried to move the rollers, but it was unsuccessful, and our technical rescue team had to come in and basically use spreaders, which are like the Jaws of Life, to get in there and spread it out to get his hand free,” said Lt. Ignatius Carroll, of Miami Fire Rescue.

Firefighters gave the man pain medication while they worked for 45 minutes to free his hand. He was taken to a hospital, and doctors said they are not sure if they will be able to save his hand.
Officials said the man’s injuries were not life-threatening.

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