Calif. workplace accident: Worker impaled by pipe at Grimmway Farms

12/09/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

San Joaquin Valley, CA—A bizarre accident at Grimmway Farms landed one worker in the hospital with serous injuries. The workplace accident occurred around 10:30 Wednesday morning, at a processing plant near Lamont, as reported by KGET.

The 53-year-old worker was reportedly operating a forklift, when he crashed it into a metal gate, causing a pipe to pierce through his lower torso. Witnesses say the gate he crashed into was a safety gate that was left open.

Responding firefighters had to use a saw to cut the pipe, six to eight inches away from the man’s body. The worker was conscious while firefighters cut the pipe to free him.

“Once the bar had been cut, they then used the jaws of life, and the hydraulic rescue equipment to cut away the steering column, the controls and the seat to remove the victim away and out of the forklift truck,” said Sean Collins, Kern County Fire Spokesman.

The worker was then airlifted to Kern Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

The workplace accident is under investigation. U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will likely be investigating the accident.

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