Firefighters rushed to the Barnhardt Manufacturing Company in response to call that a man had his arm caught in one of the processing machines.
The fire department said it took almost 30 minutes for the heavy rescue team to safely remove the man from the machine, he was then rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
“This was a very technical rescue. It’s a very tedious rescue, and so firefighters had to take their time. It’s very meticulous, especially when you are talking about a person who is trapped in a piece of machinery,” said the Capt. of the fire department.
A search of the cotton processing plant’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration records show over the past 10 years federal and state OSHA inspectors have been at the plant seven times.
The company has been cited 35 times for violations. Those violations range from having an unclean work environment to having incorrect belt sizes on certain machines.
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Posted on behalf of Bice Law March 21, 2012.