An Oregon Cold Stone Creamery employee sparked a mass outcry after losing three fingers on the job.
Jordyn Martin, 21, was cleaning an ice cream machine at a location in Corvallis earlier this month when her hand and the towel she was using were pulled into the machine’s blades by the rotors, The Corvallis Gazette-Times reported. The incident amputated three of Martin’s fingers on her dominant hand and the fallen phalanges were too mangled to be reattached with surgery, according to a GoFundMe for Martin’s recovery.
RELATED: Death Tolls Rises Following Chocolate Factory Explosion
Following the accident, several employees quit due to unsafe working conditions and a lack of compassion from management, KOIN 6 News reported.
According to former manager Abigail Thomas, who has since quit, she said the team didn’t receive proper safety training, and she said her employers were more concerned with getting back to business than Martin’s recovery.
“They didn’t even ask if she was OK first,” Thomas recalled to KOIN 6 News after telling higher management about the accident. Emily Kilpatrick, a former employee who retrieved Martin’s fingers from the machine, said the machine is still in use after sanitizing it.
According to Oregon OSHA spokesperson Aaron Corvin, there is an active investigation into the accident, per KOIN 6.
The Vice President of Public Relations for Cold Stone Creamery’s parent company Kahala Brands said in a statement they are “aware of the unfortunate accident” and “investigating the matter further.”
RELATED: Airline Worker Killed by Jet Engine at Alabama Airport
Martin has since hired legal counsel and has filed a workers’ compensation claim in response to the injury.
Her GoFundMe titled “In memory of Jordyn’s fingers please lend a hand” has raised over $7,500 thus far.
Leave a Reply