I was crushed, severely injured, and nearly killed in a conveyor belt accident….AMA!

On May 25, 2016, I was sitting on and repairing an industrial conveyor belt. Suddenly, the conveyor belt started up and I went on a ride that changed my life forever.

I spent 16 days in the hospital where doctor’s focused on placing a rod and screws into my left arm (which the rod and screws eventually became infected with MRSA and had to be removed out of the arm) and to apply skin grafts to areas where I had 3rd degree burns from the friction of the belt.

To date, I have had 12 surgeries with more in the future mostly to repair my left arm and 3rd degree burns from the friction of the belts.

The list of injuries include:

*Broken humerus
*5 shattered ribs
*3rd degree burns on right shoulder & left elbow
*3 broken vertebrae
*Collapsed lung
*Nerve damage in left arm resulting in 4 month paralysis
*Torn rotator cuff
*Torn bicep tendon
*Prominent arthritis in left shoulder

Here are some photos of the conveyor belt:

The one I was sitting on when it was turned on: https://i.imgur.com/4aGV5Y2.jpg

I fell down below to this one where I got caught in between the two before I eventually broke my arm, was freed, and ended up being sucked up under that bar where the ribs and back broke before I eventually passed out and lost consciousness from not being able to breathe: https://i.imgur.com/SCGlLIe.jpg

REMEMBER: SAFETY FIRST and LOTO….it saves your life.

Edit 1: Injury pics of the burns. NSFW or if you don’t like slightly upsetting images.

My arm before the accident: https://i.imgur.com/oE3ua4G.jpg
Right after: https://i.imgur.com/tioGSOb.jpg
After a couple weeks: https://i.imgur.com/Nanz2Nv.jpg
Post skin graft: https://i.imgur.com/MpWkymY.jpg

EDIT 2: That’s all I got for tonight! I’ll get to some more tomorrow! I deeply appreciate everyone reading this. I honestly hope you realize that no matter how much easier a “short cut” may be, nothing beats safety. Lock out, tag out (try out), Personal Protection Equipment, communication, etc.

Short cuts kill. Don’t take them. Remember this story the next time you want to avoid safety in favor of production.

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