Bay Shore, NY - May 4, 2016 - Suffolk County Police Emergency Service Section officers dismantled an industrial meat grinder after a man’s hand became lodged in the apparatus.
Bilal Hussein, 24, of Bay Shore, was working at Halal Meat and Grocery, located at 1581 Fifth Ave., Bay Shore. While operating a commercial meat grinder, Hussein’s hand became lodged in the machine at approximately 2 p.m.
Emergency Service Section Officers Walter Justincic and Carmine Pellegrino dismantled the grinder, which was attached to a table. The victim’s hand was still lodged in a portion of the grinder when he was transported by Brentwood Ambulance to Stony Brook University Hospital. Emergency Service Section Officers Justincic, Pellegrino and Danny Coan scrubbed in and went into the operating room where they assisted doctors in sterilizing the device and used various tools to dismantle grinder components and helped surgeons dislodge the victim’s hand. Once freed, surgeons were able to operate on Hussein’s hand.
The Islip Town Fire Marshal and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were notified.