UPDATE: Parts of Stop & Shop baler dismantled to free worker’s hand

More information has been provided on the workplace accident early Tuesday morning at the Shelton Stop & Shop on Bridgeport Avenue. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

Shelton emergency personnel had to dismantle part of a baler machine to free a worker’s hand, which had been caught inside the device. The worker then was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries.

At about 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9, Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Company was dispatched to the rear of the Stop & Shop for the reported industrial accident. Shelton police and Echo Hose Ambulance personnel also were at the scene.

‘Hand caught inside of a baler’

“Upon arrival, Squad 1 found an employee with his hand caught inside of a cardboard baler machine,” said a posting on the Echo Hose Fire website. “The crews from Squad 1 and Engine 32 immediately stabilized the machine and began dismantling parts around the effected area.

“Crews were able to release the hydraulic pressure and lower the baler ram off of the employees hand,” said the posting.

The individual then was transported by Echo Hose Ambulance to the hospital to receive medical treatment.

A baler is a machine used for bundling items together, usually to make it easier to move or transport the items.

One common use for a baler in a grocery store is to create large cardboard boxes filled with products that are placed in supermarket aisles at night so employees can stack shelves.



Emergency call: Shelton Stop & Shop worker had hand caught in baler machine

UPDATE TUESDAY 11 A.M.:  The worker assisted by emergency personnel early this morning at the Shelton Stop & Shop was injured in a baler machine. according to a posting by Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Company.

“Squad 1 assisted in extrication of a worker with a hand caught in a baler machine this morning,” according to the Echo Hose post made around 10:30 a.m.

A baler is a machine used for bundling items together, usually to make it easier to move or transport the items.

The extent of any injuries to the supermarket worker, if any, is not known. The incident appears to have occurred at slightly before 7 a.m. on Wednesday, based on when emergency crews were at the scene.



Shelton emergency personnel respond to Stop & Shop for possible workplace accident

TUESDAY 7:20 A.M:  Shelton fire, police and ambulance personnel are at the rear of the Stop & Shop on Bridgeport Avenue as part of an emergency response, as of about 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

The multiple emergency crews apparently have responded to a workplace accident in the supermarket, which may involve an employee and an industrial machine — perhaps a cutting device of some sort, according to one person at the scene.


UPDATE: As of 7:45 a.m., the emergency crews now have left the scene.


No other details were available at the time, and exactly what may have happened could not be verified.

Emergency responders have been at the scene for at least a half hour, and have been observed bringing smaller pieces of equipment — particularly various long pole-like devices — inside a doorway in the back.

The supermarket's rear entrance is used for deliveries, but also provides the best access to employee work areas not open to the public.

The Stop & Shop is in the Shelton Square Shopping Center.