Worker Rescued From Machinery in Santa Rosa Industrial Accident

05/13/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Santa Rosa, CA — A man whose hand was trapped in machinery at a manufacturing company sustained serious injuries in the Wednesday evening, May 11, 2011, industrial accident. The accident occurred at ITT BIW Connectors System, located at 500 Tesconi Circle, around 6 p.m., reported the San Jose Mercury News.

According to officials, the 29-year-old employee was found with his left hand stuck in a large industrial hydraulic press, which is used to make components for the oil industry.

Responding rescue crews were able to release the pressure from the hydraulic press and free the employee’s hand.

The man sustained injuries from begin crushed, as well as third-degree burns to his hand and forearms, which were caused by the heat the machine produces under pressure.

He was rushed by medical crews to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for treatment, where he was then transferred to a burn unit at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco for further medical attention. Another co-worker was also transported to Sutter Hospitals for minor burns he sustained while trying to help the trapped man before rescue crews arrived at the scene.

Investigations into whether the accident was caused by mechanical failure or human error are underway. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health are expected to look into the industrial accident.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for California industrial accident attorneys.

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