By Diana Bowley of the BDN Staff: DEXTER, Maine — A Dexter public works employee who seriously injured his hand Wednesday in a work-related incident remains hospitalized at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass.
Keith Worster’s hand became caught between two pieces of heavy equipment while preparations were being made to screen the town’s winter sand, Dexter Town Manager Dave Pearson told the Town Council on Thursday.
Worster, 60, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after the morning accident and later airlifted to the Boston hospital, according to Pearson.
“It was a very bad accident,” Pearson said. “We’re all pretty sick at heart about the whole thing, it’s the biggest accident we’ve had in a long time.”
Worster joined the public works department in 2002, according to the town manager. “We think very highly of Keith and he’s an important part of the highway crew,” Pearson said Friday. “It’s a shame to see something happen to somebody. He’s got years of dedicated service and he was looking forward to retiring as a gunsmith and doing all that fine, detailed work.”
Pearson said employees were setting up a screen at the town-owned gravel pit that’s located in Dover-Foxcroft when the accident occurred.
A representative of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration plans to visit the town’s gravel pit on Monday and meet with employees who witnessed the accident, Pearson said.
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