An employee of Capitol Hill’s Samurai Noodle got her arm stuck inside the shop’s Broadway-facing noodle making machine Friday afternoon, according to Seattle Fire.
A rescue team used specialized tools to extricate the 22-year-old woman, according to SFD. Medics transported her to Harborview nearly a half hour after the initial 12:20 PM 911 call.
The ramen noodle shop’s noodle making machine is a prominent store-front feature on Broadway near Republican.
Seattle Fire tells us the woman was stuck on a
half-inch spike in the machine and that the response team determined the best course of action was to cut the spike off and transport the woman to the hospital where surgeons could remove it. The woman was in stable condition but the injuries to her arm are serious. Doctors will know more after the spike is removed.
SFD’s technical rescue team responded because of their unique equipment and skill sets required for this kind of incident, a spokesperson tells CHS. They were able to cut through the stainless steal spike and move the woman from the machine in 27 minutes, SFD says.
Friday’s incident has what appears to be a much better outcome than another industrial accident involving a food worker in Seattle on Thursday. In that incident, a man lost his arm after becoming trapped in machinery at an International District fortune cookie factory.
UPDATE 7:35 PM: The victim in today’s incident has posted to Reddit’s Seattle branch and appears to be in good spirits. Here’s an update from user Culottes:
Hey so… The worker was me. I got a metal spike from the machine stuck in my arm. It was a closed unit so they had to cut me out. Im at Harborview now waiting to have some tests done but I am otherwise fine. Arm hurts though.
Here’s photo proof: http://i.imgur.com/ L9TwpUP.jpg That’s the thing that was stuck in my arm
http://i.imgur.com/KjvKV6r.jpg Oblig hospital selfie
Honestly the amount of cars they sent was a little much… Certainly the incident yesterday at the fortune cookie factory is a lot worse than what my own stupidity did to me…
Yikes. That spike looks like more than a half-inch! Culottes, you’re a rock star. Thanks for the tip in comments, loud voices.