January 16, 2008 ALMONT — A third-shift worker at U.S. Farathane sustained non-life threatening injuries early Tuesday after being struck by a vehicle that was plowing snow from the industry's parking lot at 3778 S. Van Dyke.
Almont police reported that the male employee had been warming up his car at around 4:45 a.m., left his vehicle and then walked into the path of the snowplow, which was backing up.
Police Sgt. Robert Parsell said the victim was transported to Lapeer Regional Medical Center by Lapeer EMS personnel.
"The guy who was plowing was looking one way and the employee was wearing a hoodie down over his eyes," said Parsell. "They couldn't see one another."
Kevin Baxter, general manager at the manufacturing facility, said the employee had gone out to his car on the final break of the third shift.
"Right now, we're still trying to figure out how this could have happened," said Baxter. "There was a light flashing on top of the plow, and it also makes a warning sound while backing up."
Baxter estimated that the plow was moving at the rate of about 20 mph, when the man was struck.
He said the employee complained of back pain at the scene of the accident before being transported to the hospital.
In addition to the 41,000-square-foot facility in Almont, U.S. Farathane operates plastic injection mold plants in Sterling Heights, Utica, Madison, Plymouth and Jackson.