An unidentified Butler National Services Inc. worker accidentally severed part of his arm while on the job earlier this week. The man, said to be in his early to mid-40s, was working at a pumping station located at Hampton Pines Park, 7800 Hamptons Blvd in North Lauderdale at around noon on Wednesday when he got his arm caught in the pump. This somehow severed the man’s arm at “about mid-wrist below his elbow,” said Jennifer Johnson, a North Lauderdale spokeswoman.
The man was rushed to Broward General Medical Center for treatment following the accident, where he is reportedly recovering. He was apparently conscious when he was air-lifted to the Medical Center, but his current condition is unknown. He underwent surgery immediately following his accident. Reports indicate that North Lauderdale Fire Rescue Crews recovered the arm from the pump, although it is unclear whether medics were able to reattach the severed appendage.
The man received a visit from Curt Beadle, the president of Butler National Services Inc., in the hospital. Butler National Services has indicated that it is concerned about its’ injured employee, although it is not releasing the man’s name because not all of his relatives have been informed of the accident yet. It is not clear how long the man was employed by Butler National Services, which is based in Fort Lauderdale.
North Lauderdale has been employing Butler National Services Inc. for city wastewater pumping stations maintenance and management for years, records indicate. The accident has prompted an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the city to determine whether adequate safety precautions were taken. If there was a lack of such precautions, both the company and the city could be facing a serious lawsuit from the injured party.
Unfortunately, this was not the first time an arm severing has made headlines in Fort Lauderdale. Less than two years ago, Jeffrey Cagle, a Fort Lauderdale local, had his arm severed in a freak accident when a Cadillac veered off of a street and crashed into him as he was sitting on a bus bench. The incident, which took place in November 2010, occurred near north of East Sunrise Boulevard on 1100 N. Federal Highway. The driver, 68-year-old Stephen Belkin, was making a U-turn from southbound to northbound lanes at around 12:30 p.m. when he lost control of his vehicle. Witnesses of the incident said in a police traffic crash report that Belkin’s vehicle went over the curb, hit Cagle, who was sitting on a bus bench, and proceeded to run over the bench and a trash can before stopping. Belkin was reportedly uninjured.
In that case, Cagle was taken to Broward General Medical Center for treatment, though it still is not known whether his arm was successfully re-attached. As for Belkin, he told police that he took the u-turn at a legal speed and that his arm locked, rendering him unable to turn the wheel sufficiently. He was ticketed for violating the right of way while making the U-turn. It does not appear that Cagle pressed charged for his injury.