Man stable after freak accident

2013-08-20 00:00

A WORKER at a Pinetown factory was in a stable condition last night, after a harrowing experience yesterday when both his hands got stuck in a mechanical press.

The man, only identified as Vincent by his employers at the X-Press Corrugated Packaging in Westmead, was freed by ER24 paramedics and rushed to the St Augustine’s Hospital.

According to ER24’s spokesperson Vanessa Jackson, when paramedics arrived at the factory, they found that the employee’s hands “literally” having gone through the rollers of the machine.

“He received treatment for his injuries while they removed the rollers from his arms,” Jackson said.

The bones in his hands were broken and most of the skin peeled off.

Owner Pravin Ramluckan said the worker has been working for the company for about seven years. He declined to disclose his full name.

Ramluckan said the staff received counselling and seemed to be “okay”.

He said he was in the rest room when he heard staff members calling for him when the incident happened.

“I didn’t even notice what time it was,” he said.

Ramluckan said it was the first incident of this kind in his factory. He declined to answer any more questions.

When The Witness visited the company situated at Alexander Road hours later, fellow workers, clad in their navy blue overalls, were hard at work packing and wrapping piles of cardboard boxes. The company’s core service is packaging.

The Department of Labour in Pine­town was not aware of the incident when it was contacted for comment, however, it promised to investigate.

No further information could be obtained from the hospital.

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