Hand seriously injured in snowblower accident

A man clearing snow around Slemon Park, just outside of Summerside, suffered seriously injuries Monday when his hand got caught in a snowblower.

A man clearing snow around Slemon Park, just outside of Summerside, suffered seriously injuries Monday when his hand got caught in a snowblower.

P.E.I. occupational health and safety officials are investigating the incident as a workplace accident.

"His hand was caught in a piece of machinery so whether or not the extent is the whole hand gone, I'm not sure," said director Bill Reid.

"It was caught in a snowblower. It was a piece of snow removing equipment and right now we are investigating exactly the details but it involved a tractor-run snowblower."

The man is in hospital on P.E.I.

Reid isn't sure how long the investigation will take, but he hopes it can be wrapped up quickly since there are a lot of people using snowblowing equipment this time of year. He also hopes his staff will be able to make recommendations from the investigation that will help prevent similar injuries.

In February of 2009 a worker in Charlottetown lost his hand while using a snowblower to clear the sidewalk on Confederation Street. It was believed the injury happened when the worker tried to fix a jam in the machine.

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