Prospect man injured in accident at quarry

Posted Aug. 14, 2009, at 8:28 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:59 a.m.

PROSPECT, Maine — A local man was airlifted to a Bangor hospital Friday with chest and side injuries after he was struck by a large piece of metal he was attempting to remove from a rock crusher at a quarry.

Scott Elkins, 49, was injured at approximately 6:55 a.m. while working at a quarry operated by Vaughan Thibodeau and Sons off Blueberry Lane.

Elkins received initial treatment from the Stockton Springs Ambulance service before being taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center.

His injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, Waldo County Chief Deputy Robert Keating said Friday.

Keating said Elkins was the site manager of the quarry and he and his crew were attempting to remove the desktop-sized piece of metal from the rock crusher when he was injured.

Keating said the metal apparently had been inside a load of rocks that were dumped into the crusher and it got stuck in the machinery. The crew had attached a chain to the piece of metal and was using an excavator to remove it when it suddenly “came out with force” and struck Elkins in the chest and side.

Keating said the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and its Mine Safety and Health agency were notified and had sent an investigator to the quarry.

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