Worker Airlifted To Trauma Center After Manhattan Industrial Accident

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- An employee at a Manhattan manufacturing plant was rushed to the hospital after reportedly being trapped in a piece of machinery.

Manhattan rescue crews, including firefighters and paramedics, were called to the Parker Hannifin Corporation at 1501 Hayes Drive just after noon on Tuesday, August 21, 2012.

Police officials say the Riley County Consolidated Dispatch Center received a 911 call from an anonymous person at the hose production plant.

"The caller reported that an employee had a severe laceration apparently from an industrial accident," Riley County Police Department spokesman Lieutenant Josh Kyle said in a statement Tuesday.

Fire officials at the scene said they received a report that someone was caught in a machine at the site but when emergency responders arrived, the worker had already been extricated from the equipment and was taken to the hospital.

Jeremy Morrow, the plant manager, confirmed to WIBW that an employee was injured but declined to release any details on the incident or the nature of the worker’s injuries and did not release their name. He says an investigation is being conducted by the company to find out what happened.

Morrow commended his employees for quickly responding to help their coworker. He says the company’s thoughts are with the injured worker and that the staff is concerned for the worker’s well being.

Larry Couchman, Riley County EMS Director, tells 13 News that the victim of the industrial accident was taken to Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan and then airlifted by Life Star helicopter to Emergency and Trauma services at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita. Couchman did not know the nature of the victim’s injuries.

On Wednesday, a spokeswoman for Via Christi Hospital listed the patient in serious condition but could not release their name.

Riley County EMS officials and Riley County Police would not release the worker's name Wednesday and calls to the plant manager were not returned.


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