Man dragged through wood chipper machine while repairing it after it suddenly starts workingBy Mason White 6:06 PM February 1, 2014
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By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) A man who was fixing a broken wood chipper machine, was left with serious injuries after the machine suddenly turned on.
23-year-old Frank Arce of Longview, Washington, said that he was inside the machine to clear a blockage when it began beating his body with blades designed to strip trees and branches.
Arce, who was pulled from the machine alive, suffered from seven broken ribs, a punctured lung, a broken ankle, a fractured pelvis and a fractured knee.
Acre’s colleagues quickly shut off the machine after hearing his screams from inside and managed to keep him calm until the paramedics arrived to help him.
Acre already underwent several surgeries since the incident.
Arce is now facing a long recovery period and could suffer permanent nerve damage.
The company said that it is paying for Acre’s medical bills.
Acre worked at the Swanson Bark & Wood Products Company. The Department of Labor and Industry is investigating the incident.