Work Injury

We have a machine called a dough sheeter.  It has two big rollers that spin and the dough is passed between them to flatten it out.  It’s a heavy duty contraption ran by a 13hp diesel engine. 

Our model was built here in Haiti and didn’t come with many (any) safety features. 


Last Thursday morning, one of my guys (Blan) was putting the dough through (like in the picture above) and accidentally put his hand down into the rollers.  The machine kept going until someone could shut off the engine.  His hand was pulled in up to his palm.

His hand has abrasions, swelling, and his thumb is broken.  He’s in the hospital now, and I feel quite bad about it. 


Here in Haiti they are big on overnight hospitalizations.  So today is the 6th day he is in the hospital.  In the States I’m thinking this would have been an out-patient deal.  The hospital is really nice though (Médecins Sans Frontières) and they give all service for free (including the food) so I figure the R&R is probably good for him.  It’s the nicest hospital I’ve seen in Haiti.

Visiting “Blan” in the hospital has been difficult because the hours for visitors is limited.  I’ve been turned away a couple times.  Though one of those times time I managed to sweet-talk my way in anyways. 

The funny thing was, since it wasn’t visiting hours, once I was inside they thought I was a patient and didn’t want me to leave without seeing a doctor and signing out.  I kept explaining I was healthy and there weren’t nothing wrong with me and I was just a visitor and please let me out.


3 thoughts on “Work Injury”

  1. Hey Nick 🙂 we haven’t really talked much so you probably don’t remember me but you were my wilderness camp councilor at turkey hill wilderness camp. Ummm I just wanted to say that I think what you are doing in Haiti is really cool and that I miss hanging out with you 🙂

  2. Haven’t been on your sight for some time, but truly enjoy reading of your adventures – experiences. This story touched me about the couple and their baby. This is such a sad story leaving the baby – wish she could have known the Lord and maybe she could have overcome whatever was the problem. God Bless you Nick. Love, Aunt Pat!

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