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Woman has lower arm severed in Gilford industrial accident

Union Leader Correspondent

August 09. 2018 11:06PM

GILFORD — A woman suffered a traumatic amputation of her lower arm in an industrial accident at Howard Precision Thursday morning, fire officials said.

Gilford Fire Rescue was dispatched to 359 Hounsell Ave. after a 911 call at 10:10 a.m. and arrived to find a woman whose left forearm had been severed after becoming entangled in a piece of machine shop equipment, according to Gilford Fire Capt. Richard Andrews.

Fellow employees had used a combination of direct pressure and bandaging to help stanch the flow of blood, Andrews said. Emergency medical personnel applied a tourniquet.

Workers had already locked and tagged out the machine involved in the accident by the time firefighters arrived, allowing the forearm to be quickly recovered. It was taken to the hospital with the woman in hopes it might be reattached surgically.

The victim was conscious when she was rushed by Gilford Fire Rescue ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital, which had been notified by a trauma alert that a critically injured patient was en route.

Howard Precision makes sanitary fittings, tubes and piping used in all plumbing applications where cleanliness and sanitation are a primary concern, such as food, dairy, beverage, pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

OSHA is investigating to determine if the company is in compliance with workplace safety standards and will gather whatever information it needs to make that determination, a spokesman at OSHA’s regional office in Boston said.

Public Safety Gilford

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