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Woman Suffers Workplace Accident When Machine Tears Off Her Scalp

The proper training of employees is crucial to workplace safety, especially training employees who work with heavy equipment because a simple mistake can easily result in serious injury or death. At the beginning of the month, a woman working at a car parts manufacturer suffered a horrific workplace accident that ripped off her scalp and sent her to the emergency room.

A 25-year-old woman was hospitalized after her sixth night of work at a car parts manufacturer in Ohio. The woman’s scalp was lifted from just above her eye brows to the back to her neck. Fellow workers were unable to free her, and the woman waited in extreme pain until emergency workers came to free her.

At the time of the accident, the woman went to clear out a machine used to cut steel tube for the manufacturing of vehicle shock absorbers. Even though it was pulled back for work, the woman’s long brown hair hung to the middle of her back and became stuck in the machine. The worker’s mother was also working when the accident took place and said the machine caught the 25-year-old’s hair and “just pulled her in.” The 25-year-old said she felt a jerk and then the machine pulled her.

The 25-year-old worker was transported to an intensive-care unit where she underwent surgery to treat and reattach her scalp. Surgeons were able to re-attach 75 percent of her scalp, but the remaining scalp was too deformed to save. The woman is expected to undergo more surgeries in the future.

The mother of the 25-year-old said her daughter was excited to start the position that paid $8 per hour.

Source: Mail Online, “Woman, 25, in Intensive Care After Being Scalped When Hair Got Caught in Machine at Work,” July 4, 2012