published Thursday, August 25th, 2011

VW worker seriously injured at Chattanooga plant

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A Volkswagen worker was seriously hurt at the Chattanooga assembly plant Wednesday, VW spokesman Scott Wilson said today.

Wilson said in an email that the injury was non-life-threatening.

“Volkswagen Chattanooga emergency personnel responded immediately and medical attention was given and we are reconstructing the series of events that lead to this accident,” Wilson said in a statement. “Team member safety is our very first priority and we are deeply concerned about our colleague who was injured.”

Volkswagen employs about 2,000 workers at its Chattanooga plant, which began making the VW Passat car in April.

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Echo said...

This is news? People get mugged, kidnapped, carjacked, and shot in this town and the big news is someone injures their finger at a car plant? The way some of the folks drive around here, I'd take my chances in the plant vs. on the road going to the plant.

August 25, 2011 at 9:17 p.m.
smadave said...

Hey Echo, have you ever stepped foot inside a plant like this? Do you have any idea just how dangerous it is to work in a plant like this? Somehow I doubt it. These people go to work each day and are exposed to all kinds of dangers/risks just to support their family. Try to show alittle more respect. I wish this person a speedy recovery.

August 26, 2011 at 7:05 a.m.
dao1980 said...

I kinda agree with Echo on this one.

This is really not news, except for the VW part, these types of things can and do happen all the time, in the event a poor decision is made. i.e. "should I put my finger in there"

Life is dangerous, as it should be.

I visit tier one and tier two manufacturing facilities/plants from time to time.

They are no more of a hazardous work place than a veterinary clinic, a cabinet shop, an auto repair garage, a restaurants kitchen, etc.

If you don't pay close attention to what you are doing, you could easily be squashed, kicked, bitten, cut, nailed, broken, burned,.... in any of these places of employment.

The real question when something like this happens is, did he pass his drug test at the hospital once he arrived???

August 26, 2011 at 7:45 a.m.
rolando said...

Dao, you are way, way too logical for this forum, ya know?

Good inputs all the way around. Thanks bringing some sanity to this sometimes insane and inane board.

August 26, 2011 at 9:31 a.m.
blindmouses said...

There is no painted line say what kind of story should be reported on. A reporter could have been working on another story and was just at the right place at the right time.

People getting mugged, kidnapped, and shot are headlined every single day. Do you not read the newspaper?

Be glad that these reporters reach out to smaller stories and chan ge things up.

Next time you get injured and feel like telling your friends about it. Don't expect any sympathy. Just a tip

August 26, 2011 at 9:46 a.m.
rolando said...

I am waiting with bated breath for the unions to start posting here...

August 26, 2011 at 9:52 a.m.
dao1980 said...

Thanks Rolando, and sorry if it's too much... it's a slow and so far, relaxing Friday.

blindmouses... an employee "whomped" his finger off at a stamping facility in north tenn when I was there last week... why didn't that make the news?

Because unions aren't trying to pry their way into those particular doors.. and it wouldn't stir up controversy surrounding the issue.

August 26, 2011 at 9:58 a.m.
blindmouses said...

Do you seriously think every injury in all workplaces will make the news? Don't make silly comments.

A baby could answer your question.

August 26, 2011 at 10:12 a.m.
dao1980 said...

You must mean toddler, I haven't met many babies that could communicate very well using the spoken word.

August 26, 2011 at 10:24 a.m.

I suspect we'll hear about every little event that happens at VW. The spotlight is on them whether they want it or not.

But yes, workers are injured every day in our county. In fact, I heard that at Little Debbie a worker's arm was cut-off below the elbow and ground-up in the the oatmeal batter. A fingernail was later found in an oatmeal cream pie.

August 26, 2011 at 11:34 a.m.
rolando said...

That's it for me with Little Debbie.

In the 60s -- when I was young -- I found a pull-tab in my BurgerKing...I exchanged the uneaten half for a new one. Worth millions if that happened today.

August 26, 2011 at 11:50 a.m.
sweetdream20 said...

I'm sorry to hear someone was hurt. Hopefully not someone I know =( VW workers have had injuries requiring medical attention before they were officially open. Not exactly new news. They have EMT and medical personnel directly on the site for their employees, which is great and they're very quick to respond. My heart and prayers go out to the worker.

August 26, 2011 at 1:18 p.m.
SavartiTN said...

When I worked at a automotive parts manufacturing plant in Blount Co, we had a worker have a thumb jerked off, a woman partially scalped, and a worker that got Legionnaire's from the AC but none of that ever made the news. However, the one where the guy got his shoulder partially melted off by molten aluminum did make the news.

Why did this make the news? Is it the first EVER injury at this facility?

BTW, I found the finger of a latex glove in my jar of Mt. Olive pickles a few years ago. They tried to placate me by sending me an entire box of pickles. Seriously.

August 26, 2011 at 2:26 p.m.
SavartiTN said...

UPDATE: From an employee who works there, the person "lost" 2 fingers.

August 26, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.
sweetdream20 said...

Ow =(

August 26, 2011 at 2:41 p.m.
blindmouses said...

I never disagreed that it shouldn't be in the news. But using common sense would answer your question. Someone who was "seriously injured" more than likely knew someone in the news that then decided to write a quick story on it.

Don't badger the free press. They provide you with information that you would have never heard on your own. This argument is quite silly I must say. Just a bunch of critics sitting around with nothing better to do trying to get someone to like their comments. No need to be so negative

August 26, 2011 at 3:37 p.m.
ouched55 said...

i can't believe it!..so surprised that they didn't just give the poor lady a ibuprofen and some aspercreme, like they do for every other injury that goes at that plant...I have a friend who's friends with the plant nurse, and she says the treatment is a joke!.. alwasy give out advil for everything, and the doctr is a hair replacement docotr... safety must be a joke there!... some massage therapy and some aspercreme

September 1, 2011 at 4:45 p.m.
eurekbennison said...

Volkswagen as one of the largest vehicle and replacement autoparts dealers have established a huge reputation to the public and this incident would definitely be a trial to them but of course they would need to address this the shortest time as possible. On the other hand, they are doing good in terms of sales and yearly revenue.

February 9, 2012 at 7:50 p.m.
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