Skip to comments.Teen's Arm Severed in NY Eatery's Pasta Machine
Posted on 04/27/2014 11:46:10 AM PDT by windcliff
MASSENA, N.Y. (AP) A teenage employee at an Italian restaurant in northern New York has severed his arm while cleaning a pasta machine.
A spokeswoman for Massachusetts General Hospital tells The Associated Press that 17-year-old Brett Bouchard was listed in serious condition there Sunday morning.
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That's different from when an "SUV kills grandma" or when a "gun kills toddler". In those incidents, humans are not at fault, unlike when an innocent pasta machine has to stand by while an employee severs their own arm.
>employees are trying to figure out how the machine got activated while he was cleaning it.
My guess is it was still plugged in or the breaker was energized. Stupidity wins this round.
In the sawmill I worked at they had lockout procedures you had to follow. Sometimes they were a pain but overall a good idea.
Why was he brought from upstate New York to Boston?
Don’t even ask the origin of the dish “Johnny Marzetti”.
Same here. They locked out the power and tagged everything so that even the biggest of morons would know not to go near it.
Table saws were dangerous enough when used properly. Seen a person ripping a 2X4 in half and it kicked back and punched a hole in the wall.
Companies making machines like this take safety very seriously. I once testified in an industrial accident where the injury occurred after the operator enlisted the help of two co-workers to circumvent safety features built into the machine. Sad, but stupidity sometimes has a heavy price.
Could have been worse. NEVER order the peckeroni pizza there.
I worked at a large butcher shop as a teen. I calculated that for the career-guys there, they averaged one lost finger for every 5 years of work.
It was a real motivation to further my education.
I put in equipment in a plant like that where you could estimate tenure by missing digits. I guess if you lose all 10 they give you a gold watch and retire you.
“I wonder if he’ll get worker’s comp for life.”
For a start, but nothing will buy him his arm back.
For a start, but nothing will buy him his arm back.”
In the meantime we have members of our military who have lost arms and somehow manage to adjust without the benefit of lifetime worker’s comp or suing anybody.
I don’t want to be contentious but the situations aren’t equivalent.
How big of a pasta making machine is this??? They must be making oodles of noodles!
Wonder who is at fault? OSHA is going to be involved.
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