UPDATE: Amputation Frees Worker’s Leg from Paver

May 31, 2024
Doctors were called to the job site to perform the operation.

Editor's note: This article, originally published on May 24, has been updated.

Bradley Santiago lost his leg after it became entangled in a curb and gutter machine he was cleaning. According to an interview on WJBF, Santiago said he "felt the vibration of the machine coming on," and his leg became stuck as he tried to jump off.

The incident happened in Grovetown, Georgia.

Grovetown Fire Rescue responded to the incident, according to Chief Wayne Kent, and determined that they would need help freeing the worker. 

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A team of emergency physicians from Wellstar MCG Health were called to the scene, he said.

The physicians amputated a lower extremity and freed the leg.

Santiago has undergone four operations and was optimistic when speaking to WJBF about the accident. "I'm running a 6K marathon when I get my prosthetic leg," he says on the video. 

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Rod Sutton

Sutton has served as the editorial lead of Construction Equipment magazine and ConstructionEquipment.com since 2001. 

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