Nestle Plant Machinery Mangles Workers Hand

A Nestle Plant worker is injured Monday morning while operating machinery.

Officials with the plant tell 27NEWSFIRST the woman was injured on the production line and rushed to University of Kentucky Hospital.

Montgomery County's Emergency Care Two ambulance only had a short distance to travel to get the patient to a waiting air ambulance for the quick flight to UK Hospital.

Officials say it's not clear how the production line worker got her hand caught in the machinery. Emergency crews say it took the better part of an hour to cut through steel in order to get her hand free.

We're told the woman was alert but in pain throughout the time the crew worked to free her badly damaged hand.

The assembly line that makes the product called hot pockets, was closed much of the day.

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Employee's arm gets caught in machine at Nestle plant
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Nestle officials are investigating how an employee's arm became caught in a piece of machinery at the company's Mount Sterling plant.

Montgomery County Fire Department Chief Mike Mosbey said an employee's hand got trapped on a roller in a conveyor belt system for nearly an hour Monday at the plant, which produces Hot Pockets meals.

It is unclear how her arm became entangled in the machine.

The employee, who was not identified, was flown to University of Kentucky Hospital for treatment. Mosbey said the employee was in stable condition but may lose her arm.

Nestle Prepared Foods company spokeswoman Roz O'Hearn said Monday night that the employee was undergoing a fairly long surgery.

O'Hearn said the manufacturing line was shut down Monday after the accident, and wasn't sure when production will resume.

Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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