A man who was cleaning a conveyer belt at the Ranch Creek Ranch Sawmill, located on Highway 125 in Granby, got his arm stuck in the belt after a coworker turned on the machine.
The call was received by the Grand County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center at 8:26 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7. The man was transported to Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Denver where surgeons were able to reconstruct the arteries in his elbow, which saved the majority of the man’s arm, according to Sam Conger, a friend of the victim who accompanied him to the Denver hospital. His arm was amputated between the elbow and wrist.
“He is lucky he has any of his arm left,” Conger said.
Conger reported on Wednesday the man is currently in the Intensive Care Unit at Saint Anthony’s Hospital and is coherent and physically fine other than suffering trauma from the incident.
A representative of the sawmill chose not to respond to questions on Thursday, citing the incident is still under investigation.
Reid Tulley can be reached at 970-887-3334