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Worker injured in accident at Bellofram plant

September 7, 2011
By KATIE SCHWENDEMAN - For The Weirton Daily Times ( , Weirton Daily Times

NEWELL - A teenager working at Marsh Bellofram was injured early Tuesday when a piece of machinery he was attempting to move fell out of place, trapping him between it and a cabinet.

The male worker who appeared to be about 19 years old, according to officials, sustained chest trauma and was medically airlifted to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown, Newell Volunteer Fire Department Chief Scott Wilson said.

The department was notified of the accident around 8:20 a.m. and responded to set up a landing zone for the Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter, he added.

He also said the teen had been removed from between the machinery and the cabinet prior to the department's arrival. He wasn't sure if the boy was a company employee or had been contracted out for the work.

The name of the victim was not released by fire officials, and a representative from the company did not immediately return a phone call Tuesday.

Wilson said the machinery was not operating in the Tuesday accident.

"They were moving it from place to place and it fell and he became trapped between it and a cabinet," he said.

Chester-Newell Ambulance and Lifeteam EMS also responded.

The accident is the second work-related incident since July at the manufacturing company.

In July, a man working at the company on state Route 2 was transported to a Pittsburgh trauma center after being caught in a machine there.

The Newell Volunteer Fire Department also responded to that incident and set up a landing zone near The Harv at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort for the medical airlift.

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