MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 35-year-old South St. Paul man escaped from having his arm stuck in the conveyer of a salt spreader last Friday thanks to the quick action of first responders.
Woodbury Public Safety officials responded at about 2 p.m. to a call that a man had his arm stuck in a conveyer. Woodbury police and fire officials responded to the scene along with emergency medical personnel.READ MORE: Bomb Squad Responds After Treasure Hunters Bring Mortar To Nimrod Bar
When they got to the scene, the man, identified as Justin Johnson of South St. Paul, was standing on a ladder with his arm stuck in the conveyer of a large salt spreader. It was being cleaned and held up by a skid steer about six feet in the air. Johnson had the safety off button in his pocket and was able to stop the spreader from pulling him in further.READ MORE: More Than 12,000 Pigs Dead After Barn Fire On Pork Farm
The unit couldn’t be lowered due to muddy and unstable ground conditions. The Woodbury Public Works Department brought a front end loader to stabilize it. Firefighters dismantled the salt spreader by unbolting, prying and cutting through it to release the man’s arm.
Johnson was in shock and had a broken arm with compression injuries. He was taken to a hospital and officials say he will hopefully continue to have full use of his arm.MORE NEWS: Roseville Police Seek Help Finding 70-Year-Old Jack Sayles
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Johnson with his medical expenses as he faces additional surgeries.