UPDATE: Man Pinned, Hurt in Industrial Accident

By: Chase Moffitt, The Associated Press Email
By: Chase Moffitt, The Associated Press Email

Company Statement

"We at Valmont want to extend our deepest sympathy and concern for our employee, his family and for a full recovery."

Jeff Laudin
Valmont Industries

An employee with Valmont Industries was injured early Monday morning in industrial accident at the company’s plant in Valley.

A call was made to Douglas County 911 at 3:21 in the morning for an injured person at Valmont, near 288th & Ida Streets.

Valley Fire Chief Aaron Ueckert said the 35-year-old was pinned between a large piece of piping that rolled off a machine in the assembly line and material that was standing up, off the floor. The accident was not witnessed by any other employee.

Once on scene, Ueckert said the five-year employee was no longer stuck and was receiving care by an internal emergency response team from Valmont.

According to Jeff Laudin, a spokesperson with the company, the accident happened in the building where steel lighting poles are made.

With the help of Waterloo Fire and Rescue, the man was stabilized enough to be transported to the Valley Fire station; there a medical helicopter took him to the Nebraska Medical Center in critical condition. Ueckert said the worker was conscious and awake, but the more severe injuries appeared to be internal including possible broken ribs or damage to organs.

The investigation is on-going. No names have been released.

Workers were seen leaving and arriving to work Monday morning at the main gate.

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