Worker Injured At Vestas Plant


The Pueblo Police Department has confirmed to 11 News that there's been an accident at the Vestas plant.

The details of the accident are scarce at this time. At 8:52 a.m., a worker was welding inside a tower tube when the section he was in broke away. His fall was short--just a foot--but as he was falling out of the tube he grabbed an unknown sharp object and cut his hand. His injuries are non-life-threatening, but he may lose a finger or two from the accident. He was taken to the hospital around 9:15 a.m.

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  • by MB Location: Puebo on Nov 23, 2010 at 10:35 AM
    Vestas is a dangerous place to work, don't kid yourselves into thinking otherwise. This is not the first time someone has lost fingers there. In this case, the person is alive because his hand was the only thing crushed. He could have died if the tower section had landed completely on him instead of his hand. He lost two fingers. This is not a new industry Vestas has had subcontractors building towers in the USA for decades. This Pueblo factory is poorly ran and the people are routinely working 60 hours a week!Vestas has a responsibility to ensure people are trained if they are on the site, proper training is essential and Vestas is not "off the hook" for the death that occurred at their site. It is a dangerous enterprise, but I have not heard of other deaths in the USA due to loading a rail car with a tower section. OSHA is investigating this latest incident and should have been onsite months ago. The injury rate is double what is calculated for the number of hours worked at the site.
  • by Bruce Location: Manitou on Nov 20, 2010 at 01:22 AM
    KRDO report says 'man was crushed' 'with non-life-threatening injuries'...said nothing about his hand...
  • by B Location: CS on Nov 20, 2010 at 12:48 AM
    This is newsworthy because Vestas is a substantial and high profile employer in this community, and anything that happens there will fall under scrutiny because they're a new entity in the area. it's unfortunate that there's been a few accidents there, some much more serious than others, but that's growing pains in a new industry. Hope the guy gets to keep all his digits. I'm a machinist and I know several fellow machinists without digits or even limbs. Some industries are inherently more dangerous than others, and new facilities are even more prone to accident until they find out what their hidden dangers are. My prayers for his speedy recovery and getting back to work soon.
  • by HmmM on Nov 19, 2010 at 10:55 PM
    @ GUEST the worker that was killed at the plant was no one's fault but his own! Believe me I pray for his family wife and child but there was no negligence on the vestas employee at all. At the time of the incident, he was merely employed by the " outside company" for less than a month. He should not have been working untill he received the proper safety training reqyired by his company.
  • by Al Location: Pueblo on Nov 19, 2010 at 04:20 PM
    This accident could have taken Nate's life. His hand was crushed, not just cut. They are trying to save his hand. Let's pray for him.
  • by ME on Nov 19, 2010 at 04:08 PM
    This is a normal industrial accident...newsworthy? Maybe in a town of 6000, not in a larger city.........
  • by Lee Location: Pueblo on Nov 19, 2010 at 02:04 PM
    I cant believe this so called made the news. whoever decided to make this into a news worthy event needs to grow up and quit wasting our time, Its this kind of "journalism" that creates a chaotic and scared society you shoulld be ashamed of yourselves, and why were the Pueblo Police involved ? ITS A CUT FINGER YOU IDIOTS.
  • by CANDACE Location: PUEBLO on Nov 19, 2010 at 12:09 PM
    These types of accidents will continue to happen as long as the employees are required to work 12 hour shifts, 5 days a week. OSHA needs to look into this.
  • by guest on Nov 19, 2010 at 11:25 AM
    To "John" this is newsworthy because if you recall about 1 month ago a worker was killed at this same plant
  • by john Location: pueblo on Nov 19, 2010 at 11:05 AM
    and this is newsworthy why?
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