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Woman injured at Power Packaging in Geneva survived

OSHA investigating circumstances of Oct. 25 incident

A female temporary agency worker was injured Oct. 25 at Power Packaging in Geneva. The worker was airlifted to a Level 1 trauma center, and survived her injuries.
A female temporary agency worker was injured Oct. 25 at Power Packaging in Geneva. The worker was airlifted to a Level 1 trauma center, and survived her injuries.

GENEVA – The woman who was injured after becoming trapped in a conveyor belt assembly Oct. 25 at Power Packaging, 2089 Pillsbury Drive, Geneva, survived her injuries, according to a spokeswoman at the Illinois office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

At the time, Geneva paramedics treated the woman and transferred her to a medical helicopter that took her to a Level 1 trauma center, according to a news release at the time from Geneva officials.

The OSHA spokeswoman could not elaborate on the employee’s current condition, other than to report that she was alive.

As to the conditions at Power Packaging connected to the injury, the OSHA spokeswoman said the matter is still an open investigation.

“OSHA is concerned with health and safety issues – violations of health and safety resulting in jury or death. OSHA has six months to complete an investigation. It may not be finished until late April,” the spokeswoman said. “If they find health and safety violations contributed to the injuries, we can issue citations or monetary penalties.”

A call to human resources at Power Packaging seeking information about the current condition of the injured worker was referred to company spokeswoman Nicole Porter, who did not return a voice mail message.

At the time of the incident, Porter issued a statement that the woman who was injured was a temporary agency worker.

"Safety is a priority at all of the Power Packaging facilities and we are currently focused on investigating this incident," according to the statement from Porter.

Power Packaging does contract manufacturing of dry food and aseptic beverages, such as pouches, cartons and specialty containers for beverage mixes, breakfast cereals, coffee, teas and powdered beverages, according to its website, powerpackaging.com.

Power Packaging is a DHL company, part of the Deutsche Post DHL Group, which also provides design engineering, development of operations and supply chain, plant management, operations and freight transport, according to the website.

According to the news release from Geneva officials at the time, maintenance staff disassembled the machine where the woman was caught, and removed her before emergency responders arrived.

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