Worker’s hand injured in machine accident

A worker severed part of his hand Tuesday after catching it in a machine at a west Wichita business, authorities said.

The man, 55, was working when he caught his hand in a machine shortly after 1 p.m., a Sedgwick County dispatcher said. Initial reports from dispatch indicated the man’s hand was fully separated from his arm, but Emergency Medical Services Capt. Keith Maurath later said the “lower portion of his hand” was amputated, including some fingers.

The man is an employee of Custom Cupboards, 3738 S. Norman, located south of Southwest Boulevard and Tyler Road, a company spokeswoman confirmed. The business manufactures custom cabinetry and employs nearly 200 people, according to its website.

The man was transported in critical condition to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, where he had surgery Tuesday afternoon, Maurath said. He is expected to recover, but Maurath said his hand could not be reattached.

Police, EMS and fire crews were on scene, according to the dispatcher.