TICONDEROGA — A man injured in an accident at International Paper’s Ticonderoga mill should make a full recovery, officials say.
At about 9:25 p.m. Saturday the worker sustained a crush-related hand injury, Ticonderoga Police said.
Ticonderoga Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Chief Matt Watts said the man, who looked to be in his 30s, had his hand stuck between two rollers.
Between 12 and 15 personnel from the Fire Department, Ticonderoga EMS and LaMoille EMS worked together to free the man from the machine.
About 45 minutes elapsed from the time the Fire Department received the call to the time the man was put in a LaMoille ambulance and taken to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.
Police did not conduct an investigation because they determined the accident did not result from criminal activity, they said.
Donna Wadsworth, communications director at the mill, said the wound was closed with surgical sutures.
The man, whose name was not released, was discharged from Fletcher Allen the following day.
“He is recuperating at home,” Wadsworth said.
The man has worked at the mill for several years, she said.
Before this incident, International Paper’s Ticonderoga Mill hadn’t seen any recordable injuries for 227 days, Wadsworth said.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has listed the mill as a Voluntary Protect Program Star site, which means it ranks in the top 2 percent across the country for safe work systems, practices and records, she said.