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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Kimberly November 10, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Where did this happen, what store?? My gosh, I hope it wasn't Whole Foods, I'm heading there this morning for ground beef. I don't understand why the above story doesn't list the name of the business.
Janet November 10, 2012 at 01:52 PM
This is exactly the same as the episode that was just on Chicago Fire this week. Strange....
Cher November 10, 2012 at 01:52 PM
They don't mention it for that exact reason! Why hurt the reputation of a store just because of an unfortunate accident. Are you worried the man wasn't organic. Maybe he had additives in his body and the store won't clean their equipment good enough before grinding your ground beef! Come on... show a little compassion, or are you just trying to be give us a little humor after the dreadful election results we got?
Joe Piscipoe November 10, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I know this guy. He's a good guy- his name is Chuck.
Grace November 10, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I can't believe how much this story is like the Chicago Fire episode this past week! Glad the man will be okay.
Alan Vanderbilt November 10, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Just saw a re-run of Emergency where the same thing happened
Hendrick Von Lichtenstein November 10, 2012 at 04:33 PM
His name isn't --'Ground Chuck',--by chance ?
Kimberly November 10, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Your last sentence was a mouthful, now work on removing the stick.
Kimberly November 10, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Finally some humor, thanks Joe!!
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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