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Farmworker Loses Part of Leg in Accident at Montna Farms

From Appeal-Democrat.com, “Farmworker loses part of leg in accident at Montna Farms” by Rob Young, 30 Mar 2011.

[Yuba City, CA] — Part of a farm worker’s leg was severed early this morning in an accident, according to the Sutter County Sheriff’s Department.

The accident at Montna Farms, 12755 Garden Highway, was reported about 7:30 a.m.

The victim was a 38-year-old Sergio Mendoza of Yuba City, who was sweeping in a silo when his leg was caught in an auger and severed 3 inches below the knee, said department spokeswoman Brenda Baker.

Mendoza was taken by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where he was listed in serious condition.

An investigator from the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA, was at the farm this afternoon.

Cal/OSHA spokeswoman Krisann Chasarik said the investigation will focus on why the augur was running while the worker was in the silo.

“That’s what we’re gonna figure out,” Chasarik said.

Cal/OSHA records going back 20 years show no previous violations at the farm, she said.

Al Montna of Montna Farms was not at the farm at the time of the accident and said he did not know the details.

“We’re just concerned about his welfare,” Montna said.

“I just talked to his wife. He’s out of surgery and doing fine. I’ll see him first thing in the morning,” he said.

CONTACT reporter Rob Young at 749-4710.

Read at: Appeal-Democrat.com, “Farmworker loses part of leg in accident at Montna Farms” by Rob Young, 30 Mar 2011.

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