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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  • by AdamWhitmore Location: nestle on Mar 31, 2008 at 05:30 PM
    I have been at nestle since late summer 2007. I have seen a lot of things that shouldn't be happening. I am afraid to say anything because so many people have lost their jobs since the explosion, but enough is enough. I have been a team leader since I've been here and believe me, I have saw my share of osha violations. I recently submitted and complaint to the ky labor board and to osha about it. It's about time we take a stand. I will if everyone else will. That incident last month was definately preventable. The guards were not properly installed plus the e-stop was malfuncioning, as do a lot of the e-stops around here. Nothing gets done till someone gets hurt. I am ashamed to be associated with a low down company like this.
  • by One more comment Location: same place as you, again :) on Feb 24, 2008 at 09:20 AM
    WE LOVE YOU A.T!!! GET WELL SOON. YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHT AND PRAYERS AND WE MISS YOU!!!!!! Now how about some more positive comments like that? :)
  • by tired of misinformation Location: same as you on Feb 24, 2008 at 09:11 AM
    For the comment from me/location mt.sterling, the reason Nestle request a list of meds you are on is for your own safety. If you are on things that make you drowsy, you will be asked not to opperate machines! Simple as that! God forbid if you are hurt at Nestle and require pain meds from the Emergency Tech from an Ambulance, they would need to know what meds you take so that there are NO interactions! When a list of meds is given to the safety coordinator, the information IS private and is NOT given to other employees. Why is it so hard to understand the precautions that factories take to protect employees? Why is it always the "factories" fault when accidents happen? The potential cause of the accident involving this particular woman has not been resolved yet but EXTRA precautions have been made so the same accident does not happen again. Man, this world is full of hateful people!
  • by A REAL comment Location: Same place you are on Feb 24, 2008 at 09:04 AM
    In reflection to ane/location mt.sterling, accidents happpen in every factory. The negativity you are giving regarding the Nestle factory is based on pure negativity toward your own life. OSHA already comes in when not expected so that comment you made was garbage. You seem very unhappy with your job and possibly your life. So if your unhappiness is so horrible, why don't you find another job? Does Nestle prevent you from quiting? Are you handcuffed to your machine? Since Nestle bought out Chef, many improvements have been made throughout the whole factory. Your inability to see this shows your own inadequacy for taking responsibility for your actions. All employees are trained to know about pinch points and danger areas. Injuries are usually caused by neglect on the operators part. If you are ashamed to tell people where you work, find another job! Simple as that! I am very proud to say where I work.Nestle cares for their employees.Preaches "safety first" which U can prevent accidents
  • by Mort on Feb 21, 2008 at 06:27 PM
    Yea Maw, paying union dues (EXTORTION) helps organized crime keep you safe?
  • by ane Location: mt.sterling on Feb 21, 2008 at 03:49 PM
    i work a nestle,have seen alot .people get hurt and they want nobody off for a work related inj.ihave seenpeople break a foot .they make them set in break lady broke her nose,blacked both eyes ,they stil had her in there. the donnation that was give to mongomery fire department was money to buy the truth about the explosion.they know it and a lot of people ati nestle know it .if osha was to come in ther ,with out them knowing they would find a lot wrong .the lady that got hurt was a fine lady,but ther was no guard on the had been removed.they have took every thing from us but our paycheck .they have took us from being proud nestle workers to ,wishing we could find another was a fine place to work when it was chef we are ashamed to tell people where we work,all they worrie about is how good it looks on paper,them bottm numbers,well when this lady gets done see how good that check looks on paper.they will show ther selfs at her bed side,but behind hee
  • by nestles employee Location: mt.sterling on Feb 21, 2008 at 02:11 PM
    I have been at the mt.sterling plant from day one. It was no picnic as chef america either. accidents happen. some people will put down tnis plant no matter what happens. Do you think no other plant in the industrical park has never had any accidents? what about Lexington Metal? I agree the plant is not perfect, but what one is? Why not keep this employee in our prayers and be thankful she is doing good. I will continue to keep her and her family in my prayers. everyone else should do the same.
  • by Me Location: Mount Sterling on Feb 21, 2008 at 11:32 AM
    My mom is an employee of Nestle (Hot Pocket Hell). They treat their employees like ****. At night I lay awake and worry about my mother working there. Worry if Something will happen like this incident or another explosion. I guarantee that if this woman attempts to sue (and she should own nestle) they will find a way to make it her fault and she will get nothing. Also, they have made it mandatory that all employees turn in a list of there medications and they have to be approved by nestle, if they are not you can not work untill the Dr takes you off this medication. That is private, and non of nestles buisness. My mother contacted the Labor Board and they also said that it was non of nestles business! All these people that have commented they are proud to be Nestle Employees must kiss *** or they are stupid. I think that you should do an investigative report on things such as this and make the public aware!
  • by PATTY Location: MT. STERLING on Feb 21, 2008 at 10:35 AM
  • by Mom Location: KY on Feb 21, 2008 at 09:59 AM
    Well now, Fred, that is not what I meant. I just think if these factories had a union the workers would be guaranteed a better place to work-with better working conditions. Everybody knows people are worked like dogs in these places, because all the employers care about is pushing the workers to get the product out-everybody knows that! And yes, people do get hurt on union jobs, but they still have union backing for their rights, now don't they?


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