SACRAMENTO, CA – A worker’s foot was crushed by a conveyor at a North Sacramento car wash Monday afternoon.
“One of the employees had a misstep and got her foot caught in some of the machinery,” said Sacramento Fire Department Battalion Chief Shawn Perry.
“Her injuries are fairly significant. It’s undetermined yet what the long-term implications are,” he said.
Firefighters got the call at 4:40 p.m. Monday.
“The first arriving engine saw the situation, responded immediately. They were able to pry her free just prior to other companies getting on scene,” Perry said.
It was not clear what caused the employee to catch her foot in the conveyor where a moving roller pulled it forward against a steel rail.
“Our employees are required to wear slip-resistant shoes. She had ordered some, but I’m not sure if she had them on. But we are looking into that, said Travis Kimball, co-owner of the Quick Quack Car Wash in the 3400 block of Del Paso Boulevard.
Kimball said the car wash has, “very detailed safety and training policies in place.”
Perry said Cal OSHA had already been contacted.
“Any time you have an industrial accident where an employee is injured, no matter how slight the injury, it’s gonna go back to training records, the type of equipment that they provide for them,” Perry said.
Less than an hour after the call was received and just minutes after the last fire engine left the scene, the car wash reopened.
Asked whether the car wash should have been reopened, Kimball said, “As far as I know, it is OK+, but it’s a valid question and we will look into it.”
It was not immediately clear how soon OSHA investigators would be able to respond.
An employee of the Water Works car wash at 807 N. Western Ave. was assaulted and bound at the wrist and ankles with duct tape during a robbery Thursday morning.
The employee was opening the business around 7:45 a.m. when a man dressed in all black and wearing a ski mask stuck an unknown object in his back and demanded money. A second man was apparently involved with the robbery.
The employee was struck several times in the head with what he described as a 3-foot brass or copper club. He opened two safes inside the business and the robbers left the victim on the floor with his ankles, wrists and mouth bound with duct tape. They fled on foot in an unknown direction.
The employee wriggled across the floor to a phone and called the police, according to the police report.
The employee was treated at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria for injuries to his head and released.