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Jamestown, N.D., man severs hand while operating meat grinder

A Jamestown, N.D., man severed his hand while cutting meat at his home on Friday afternoon, August 17, according to Maj. Justin Blinsky, assistant chief of the Jamestown Police Department.

“This was a horrific accident that someone had to endure,” Blinksy said. “There was obviously severe damage to the man’s hand and arm.”

Stutsman County Communications Center received a 911 call at 12:20 p.m. about a 69-year-old man who had severed his hand while operating a meat grinder in the garage of his home on the 400 block of 10th Ave. SE. Two JPD officers arrived on the scene within 2 minutes of the call and started applying a tourniquet to the man’s arm to stop the loss of blood, Blinsky said.

Two more officers arrived shortly after at about the same time the emergency medical team arrived from Jamestown Area Ambulance, he said. The man was conscious and an ambulance was transporting him to Jamestown Regional Medical Center within 9 minutes of the initial call, he said.

The man was working alone in the garage but there was family in the yard of the home who came to his aid, Blinsky said.

“There was no reason to believe there was any type of negligence on his part,” Blinsky said.

The hand was placed in a severed limb package to keep it free of contamination and was kept cool by officers, Blinsky said. The hand was taken by the medics with the man to JRMC, he said.

Blinsky said the condition of the man was not known after he was transported to JRMC. The name of the injured man is not being released until all the family are notified, he said.