Man injured in hay baler accident

A man trying to unjam a hay baler at a Grand Haven Township farm became trapped in the machine for an hour Thursday afternoon before rescuers were able to free him.
Tribune Staff
May 16, 2013


The 29-year-old Holland Township man was working at the Berry Family of Nurseries farm, 15155 Fillmore St., near U.S. 31, shortly before 3:30 p.m. when his left leg got snagged in the machine.

"It appears at this time that the hay baler had jammed and (the man) had kicked his foot into the hay baler in efforts to unjam it," explained Lt. Steve Kempker of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department, "and he became stuck in the hay baler."

Ottawa County deputies, Grand Haven Township firefighters and the Ottawa County Technical Rescue Team worked for about an hour to dismantle the machine and to remove the man from it. He was then taken to North Ottawa Community Hospital for treatment.

Kempker said the extent of the man's injuries were not yet known. The man's name was not released.



"the extent of the man's injury's were not yet known." So called "experts" and "professionals" talk as if they are blind, deaf and lost their voice. Here's a question I hope wouldn't be to hard to answer, "Was the man still alive?" and "when he got to the hospital was he still alive and able to talk and respond to questions?" I personally think that both rescue personal and news reporters use a lot of words to take up space with no actual useful information in what they write.


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