Worker rescued after arm gets stuck in meat grinder

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A California man is lucky to be alive after narrowly escaping an incident involving a meat grinder.

An unidentified Vitco employee was attempting to dislodge a piece of meat stuck in a grinder on Thursday when the sleeve of his shirt got caught in the machinery and pulled him in, San Luis Obispo Fire Department Battalion Chief Bob Bisson told The Tribune.

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Thanks to a fast-acting co-worker and the local fire department, the man’s injuries are not life-threatening.

The co-worker hit the kill switch on the machine when he heard the man screaming. Fire Chief Garret Olson said the man was a second away from suffering potentially fatal injuries.

The fire department carefully pried open the machine using hydraulic rescue tools to extricate the worker.

The man was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for a broken arm. On the fire department’s Facebook page, a woman who claimed to work at the same facility said the man was back home with his family.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Wow... this industrial extrication/rescue from a meat grinder was no joke.  Picture from SLO City Fire - whatever...

Posted by SLOStringer on Thursday, July 16, 2015