Man Seriously Injured at Pepsi Plant in Florida

August 30, 2011

Authorities say a man’s leg was crushed in a machine at a Pepsi-Cola plant in Tampa.

Employees called 911 about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, saying a man was trapped in a conveyor rail system at the plant near the University of South Florida.

The St. Petersburg Times reports this was the third major casualty at the plant in six months.

Officials say the 39-year-old man was cleaning the system when co-workers heard him scream.

It took members of Tampa Fire Rescue’s heavy equipment team nearly 90 minutes to free the man from the machinery.

The man was taken to Tampa General Hospital with what rescuers described as life-threatening injuries.

The newspaper reported a man was killed and another injured in March when a lift failed in the plant’s warehouse.

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