Man suffers serious injury in accident at Southington factory

Man suffers serious injury in accident at Southington factory


SOUTHINGTON — A worker at Rex Forge suffered serious head injuries after an industrial accident Wednesday afternoon.

Fire crews responded to the Atwater Street company at 4:23 p.m. One person was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury.

A Life Star helicopter was initially called to respond but wasn’t available when the patient was ready to transport, according to Fire Battalion Chief Glenn Dube. He said they sent the patient by ambulance rather than wait for an available helicopter.

Dube described the injury as a serious head laceration but said he couldn’t comment on details of the incident.

A representative from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was called to the scene to investigate.

Fire crews left the scene about 5:10 p.m. but police remained, awaiting the OSHA representative.

Police on scene declined to release any information on the incident.

Rex Forge is a manufacturer of closed die hot metal forgings, and has been in continuous operation since it was founded in 1867, according to the company’s website. Historically, the company, which has a 200,000-square-foot facility on 15 acres in Southington, has focused on customers in the heavy truck, off-highway vehicle, light truck and automotive, fluid control and ordnance industries.

The company has 11 mechanical forging presses ranging from 1,600 to 4,000 tons, its website notes.

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