Father, son, injured by equipment at Worthington Ag PartsWORTHINGTON — An investigation continues after an employee at Worthington Ag Parts became trapped under a piece of heavy equipment at the Worthington business Tuesday afternoon.
By: Julie Buntjer, Worthington Daily Globe
WORTHINGTON — An investigation continues after an employee at Worthington Ag Parts became trapped under a piece of heavy equipment at the Worthington business Tuesday afternoon.
Worthington Ag Parts President Mike Winter said Wednesday that two employees, a father and son, were injured in the incident. Names of the victims are not being released.
Winter said the father was seriously injured and airlifted to a Sioux Falls, S.D., hospital following the incident. He “appears to be stabilizing, although his situation is still critical,” Winter explained in an email to the Daily Globe.
“The accident involved the kinds of heavy farm equipment that we deal with on a daily basis in our business. Our employees all go through extensive safety training before they are authorized to work with this equipment and our accident record over our 48 years in business has been exemplary,” Winter said. “Unfortunately, however, despite all our efforts, the use of heavy equipment can still be dangerous.”
As the investigation continues, Winter said Worthington Ag Parts “will do everything in its power to determine the exact causes of the accident to assure that nothing like it occurs again.”
“The safety of our employees has always been and will continue to be our highest priority,” he added. “We value all our Worthington Ag Parts family members and continue to focus on providing a safe work environment for them. Our prayers for the speedy and successful recovery of our injured employees are foremost in our minds. We appreciate and value the support of our community during this difficult time.”