Working alone on Wednesday after the most recent blizzard to hit the East Coast, a Plainville school department employee suffered a serious hand injury while clearing snow at the Jackson School on Route 106. The man stuck his hand in the jammed snowblower to clear an obstruction and, subsequently, got caught in the machine.
A tow truck crew from Achin’s Towing in North Attleboro heard the man’s screams as they were driving by and stopped to help. The workers applied pressure to his hand to stop the bleeding and called 911, Plainville Fire Chief Ted Joubert said. The victim was treated by Plainville paramedics and was taken to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence because of the seriousness of the injury.
Fire and hospital officials cautioned residents to take it easy when clearning snow from their driveways and cars. Fire officials also recommended clearing fire hydrants nearby their homes.
Dr. Brian Kelly, assistant chief of ambulatory care at Sturdy Memorial Hospital advised residents to pace themselves while shoveling snow.