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Employee injures hand at ATI Portland Forge

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By The Staff

An employee at ATI Portland Forge in Lebanon severely injured his hand Tuesday of last week, but rumors that his hand was cut off are untrue, according to a company spokesperson.

The employee, whose name can't be released because of company policy, was operating a piece of equipment Tuesday of last week when at approximately 8:30 p.m. there was an accident, according to company spokesperson Dan Greenfield.

"His coworkers got to him right away and they called 911," Greenfield said. "EMS were there in nine minutes, which is absolutely terrific service."

The employee was taken by helicopter to Jewish Hospital in Louisville where he underwent surgery on his hand.

"He did not lose his hand," Greenfield said.

A group of coworkers visited the Portland Forge employee Wednesday and he was in good spirits, Greenfield said.

"We are hopeful that he will make a good speedy recovery and regain good use of that hand," Greenfield said.

ATI Portland Forge produces custom impression die hot forgings. When the accident occurred the employee was "post forging," Greenfield said.

"It's a very safe operation," Greenfield said. "But things happen, which is unfortunate."

Greenfield was very complimentary of the Marion County EMS personnel that responded to the scene so quickly.

"Nine minutes is great," he said. "When you can get responders that quickly, that is very helpful."

The accident remains under investigation, Greenfield said.