HARTSVILLE, S.C. (From news reports) -- A maintenance employee with Sonoco of Hartsville is in the hospital Wednesday with a severe arm injury after being hurt on the job, according to Sonoco Director of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations Brian Risinger.
Risinger said the incident happened 8:50 a.m. Wednesday at Sonoco's tube and core manufacturing facility on Patrick Highway in Hartsville.
His statement said, "the incident apparently occurred while the associate was performing maintenance on a dust baler at the facility. No other employees were involved in the incident."
Risinger said the employee was treated by emergency personnel at the scene and was transported by Darlington County EMT ambulance to McLeod Regional Medical Center.
The employee is receiving treatment at McLeod and is reported to be in stable condition, Risinger said.
The incident is under investigation by company safety personnel and has been reported to South Carolina OSHA officials, who came to the facility today to conduct its own review.
Risinger's statement said, "Words are inadequate at a time like this to express our sorrow. We extend our thoughts and prayers to our associate and his family. We are respecting the privacy of our teammate and are not releasing names.
It's a truly unfortunate incident, something we never want to see happen and something we work on every day to prevent. We can't say enough about the response of our employees, on-site emergency responders, the EMT's and the medical professionals at McLeod."
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