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Spirit AeroSystems employee injured Thursday expected to survive

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, July 11, 2014, at 4:07 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 9:38 a.m.

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The 53-year-old Spirit AeroSystems employee who was caught between machinery late Thursday evening is expected to survive his injuries, Spirit spokesman Ken Evans said Friday.

At about 9:15 p.m. the man became caught in the machinery, which caused injuries to his chest. Employees on the scene were able to immediately shut down the machinery and get the man medical assistance, Evans said.

Spirit EMS and Sedgwick County crews responded and took the man to Wesley Medical Center in critical condition Thursday night. By Friday, the man was “doing better,” Evans said, and was communicating with medical personnel and Spirit officials.

“We’re hopeful for a speedy recovery,” Evans said. “We’re confident he’s getting the care he needs.”

Evans said Friday morning the company had a talk with its employees about safety – otherwise known as a “safety standdown,” he said.

“Anytime we have an incident with an injury like this, it’s a failure of our expectation of safety,” Evans said. “Our goal is to target zero injuries in the factory.”

He said the company stresses safety on the production floor and has made “a lot of progress” in its safety record over the past few years.

“It takes more than just one individual to keep everybody safe,” Evans said. “It’s certainly a humming factory, and as a business we can’t afford to take our eye off safety at any point.”

Reach Matt Riedl at 316-269-6791 or mriedl@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @riedlmatt.

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