A UPS worker’s arm was severed in an industrial conveyor belt accident in Loveland, Colorado last week.
While a UPS employee was utilizing a conveyor belt, his arm became caught in the machine and was detached, according to The Reporter Herald. While Thompson Valley Emergency Medical Services and Loveland Fire Rescue Authority (LFRA) were called to the scene, other UPS workers placed the man in a private vehicle and headed north on U.S. 287.
The emergency dispatchers then called the workers transporting the injured man and instructed them to turn around and head the other way, where an ambulance met them on the highway. The injured worker was transferred to the ambulance where responders began immediate care until they arrived at a local hospital.
“What I want to try to convey is when you have an emergency, call 911, and let us come to you,” said LFRA Battalion Chief Michael Cerovski. “In an emergency, things that are normal things are much harder. Realizing how far away (the hospital) is, dealing with traffic, those could all have an impact on someone’s recovery from an accident.”
Other LFRA responders were able to retrieve the severed arm from they conveyor belt and transport it by ambulance to the hospital where the injured worker was being treated.
Cerovski chose to stay positive. “Hopefully the doctors can use their skills and save a potentially lost limb,” he said.
Matthew O’Connor, a UPS spokesman in an Atlanta office, remained confident about safety measures the company enforces. “UPS trains our employees for their jobs that they’re doing and the equipment they’re working with. We have policies and procedures for the safe operation of the equipment. We have training for incidents as well. The safety of our employees is paramount.”
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in Denver immediately launched an investigation into the incident.
“It’s too early to determine the cause and exactly what occurred,” said Herb Gibson, area director of the Denver OSHA office.
According to 2015 statistics on OSHA’s website, getting caught in and between equipment or objects is one of the top four most frequent accidents that kill U.S. workers.