Car wash worker's leg severed after becoming caught in machine

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A car wash employee has had his leg severed after he became caught in a piece of machinery.

The 46-year-old man was working at Woody’s Car Wash in Helena, in the US state of Montana, when the accident happened just before 1pm on Tuesday.

Helena Fire Department’s Assistant Chief of Operations Mike Chambers said the man got his leg caught in the machine and a bar severed his lower leg.

Woody's Car Wash in Helena, Montana.
A worker at Woody's Car Wash had his leg cut off by a piece of machinery. Source: Google Maps

Someone had applied a tourniquet by the time emergency responders arrived, “which was fortunate”, Mr Chambers told the Independent Record.

The man and his detached limb were taken to hospital, though no further information on his condition was available.

Woody’s Car Wash co-owner Matt McCullough declined to talk about the accident to protect the employee’s privacy.

The man is unfortunately not the first to be involved in a horrific workplace incident.

Woody's Car Wash in Helena, Montana
The accident occurred during the man's shift on Tuesday afternoon. Source: Google Maps

Earlier this year, a welder from Western Australia was taken to the emergency room complaining about “severe burning pain” in his right ear.

He had been welding when some molten steel fell directly into the man’s ear canal.

The metal mass was removed via surgery and while the worker had suffered some hearing loss, doctors determined it wouldn't be permanent.

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