CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte firefighters rushed to the Barnhardt Manufacturing Company around 9:00 a.m. Monday morning to respond to an industrial accident that seriously injured one worker.
When firefighters arrived, they found a worker with one of his arms caught inside one of the processing machines.
Captain Mark Basnight with the Charlotte Fire Department said it took about 30 minutes for the heavy rescue team to remove the patient from the machine. Medic confirms that worker was rushed to Carolinas Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
"This was a very technical rescue. It's a very tedious rescue, and so firefighters had to take their time. It's very meticulous, especially when you are talking about a person who is trapped in a piece of machinery," Capt. Basnight said.
Sources tell NewsChannel 36 the man's arm was amputated in the machine.
Cotton and other fabric is processed at the plant. NewsChannel 36 reached out to managers at the Barnhardt Manufacturing Company, but the calls were not returned.
However, a search of the cotton processing plant's Occupational Safety and Health Administration records show over the past 10 years federal and state OSHA inspectors have been at the plant seven times.
The company has been cited 35 times for violations. Those violations range from having an unclean work environment to having incorrect belt sizes on certain machines.
No word yet on whether the worker or conditions inside the plant are to blame. CFD says OSHA inspectors are expected at the plant shortly to begin an investigation.