Mechanic Loses Arm in Accident

A worker in Utah lost his arm when his clothing became caught in a truck’s takeoff shaft. The man later died at the hospital.

Salt Lake City, UT—A workplace accident at a Bluffdale trucking company ripped a mechanics arm off, when his clothing became caught in a truck’s power takeoff shaft. The fatal accident occurred at Ron Osborn Trucking, at 14703 S. 1000 West, at around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 18, 2010, as reported by The Salt Lake Tribune.

Bluffdale Fire officials reported that the 36-year-old mechanic, who was identified by the company’s owners as Jason Webb, was working on the truck when his clothing became entangled in the truck’s power takeoff shaft. “The PTO was spinning and he had all the guards taken off,” Bluffdale Fire Capt. Jarred Roberts said. “It caught his clothing in and spun him completely through.”

The mechanic’s arm was ripped off and he suffered massive head trauma, as well as a lacerated liver. He was flown to University Hospital, where… continue reading

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