In a horrifying accident, Monica Thayer loses her scalp in an industrial accident in Ohio at an engineering manufacturing company.
According to the Huffington Post, on July 2, Thayer, 25, of Norton, Ohio, was working at JR Engineering which manufactures and sells precision components for companies like Ford, Lockheed Martin and the United States government. It was her first week on the job when Thayer was cleaning a machine that cuts steel tubing when her hair, pulled back in a ponytail, got caught and yanked her face first into the device.
The incident took place at the Barberton factory. Unable to reach the safety stop button that would force the machine to shut down, Thayer screamed for help. “My biggest fear was that I would be moments away from getting rescued, and then it would start-up and kill me. The next thing I realized, it had sucked me up and pulled me behind the bar that started to spin as I was cleaning the machine out, and up against the cutter. Luckily, I have a big mouth and a loud voice, so they could hear me over the machine.”
It took a little more than 20 minutes with the efforts of rescue crews to free Thayer from the jaws of the machine. While Thayer was vaguely aware that her hair was ripped off, she had no idea that her scalp had also been removed by the deadly machine. “The only thing I thought of was I was going to bleed to death or the machine was going to start up and just snap my neck.”
After her horrific ordeal, Thayer was then transported to Akron General Hospital, where surgeons spent over 8 hours to stop the bleeding coming from her head in order to save her life. Thayer will have a difficult time paying for the hospital costs as her job provides her no health insurance and a little more than minimum wage.
While Thayer harbors no blame toward JR Engineering, she does want the machine’s manufacturer to make safety improvements. ”I don’t want this to happen to anybody else. It was horrific. It was terrifying. I would never wish this upon anybody, not even my worst enemy.”
Human relations director for JR Engineering Kathy Mefford stated in an interview that the company is looking into the incident.
Monica Thayer Loses Her Scalp in an Industrial Accident in Ohio.