Photo: WCPO
Photo: WCPO

Woman's arm gets stuck in conveyor belt at West Chester meat packing company

UPDATE @ 4:24 p.m. July 28:  During the past five years there have five squad calls to the Cincinnati Processing, according to West Chester Twp. officials. Thursday night's call was the only one identified as an industrial accident.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) could not confirm Friday that the incident had been reported or was yet under investigation.

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A search of OSHA's database shows no evidence of prior injury accidents reported at the facility.

Cincinnati Processing did not return a call requesting comment Friday.

A full report from West Chester Fire Department will not be available until Tuesday or Wednesday at the earliest because those on shift Thursday night will not return to duty until then, Wilson said. 

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UPDATE: 1:45 p.m. July 28:

The employee injured in a meat-packing plant accident is a woman, according to West Chester Twp. spokeswoman Barb Wilson, who said an initial report that the injured worker was male was incorrect. 

Wilson said the woman's arm became stuck in a conveyor belt.

"It took 60 minutes to extricate, primarily just because of the safety of the patient and doing that judiciously," she said. "She was transported with extremity injuries; Her arm, basically, but (it's a) non life-threatening (injury)."

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ORIGINAL REPORT: 10:14 p.m. July 27:

A man was taken by medical helicopter tonight to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center following a workplace accident in West Chester Twp.

The incident was reported around 8:30 p.m. at Cincinnati Processing, 113 Circle Freeway Drive, according to West Chester Twp. police and fire dispatch. 

According to initial reports, the man's arm was stuck in an escalator, but the dispatch center did not confirm those reports.

Cincinnati Processing is a meat packing company. According to the Ohio Secretary of State’s website, the company is a subsidiary of Empire Packing Co., based in Memphis, Tennessee, which is a subsidiary of Empire Foods based in the city of Blue Ash in suburban Cincinnati.

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