Worker gets hand caught in conveyor belt at Azusa trash sorting facility

AZUSA >> A worker was hospitalized late Friday after getting his hand stuck in a conveyor belt at an Azusa Waste Management trash sorting facility, authorities said.
The incident, which was being investigated as an industrial accident, was reported shortly after 10 p.m. at the Transfer and Material Recovery Facility, 1501 W. Gladstone Street.
The worker apparently got his hand caught in a small gap in a large conveyor belt that was being used to sort paper materials, Azusa police Sgt. John Madaloni said.
Due to the noise in the facility, coworkers did not immediately realize what had happened, and the injured worker remained trapped for “an unknown amount of time” before being freed from the conveyor belt, the sergeant said.
The man was in a great deal of pain when taken to a hospital, Madaloni said, however an update on his condition was not available.
Police referred the incident to the California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Occupational Safety and Health for investigation.

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