Worker is critically hurt in machine shop accident

March 10, 1998

A Hampstead machine shop employee was critically injured by an electric shock while working on an oven about 11 a.m. yesterday, a spokesman for Ridge Engineering said.

After being treated at the scene, Benjamin H. Muth, 32, of North Main Street was taken by ambulance to Carroll County General Hospital.

A state MedEvac helicopter, which had been requested by emergency workers, was grounded by the weather, authorities said.

Muth was treated at the hospital and taken about three hours later to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he remains in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Mike Burden, controller for Ridge Engineering, said co-workers pulled Muth away from the oven, which apparently had short-circuited.

Muth, who has worked at the Hampstead Mexico Road machine shop for about 15 years, is a supervisor in the brazing department, Burden said.


Hampstead: Firefighters responded at 11: 02 p.m. Sunday to investigate a report of smoke in the 3900 block of Black Rock Road in Baltimore County. Units were out three minutes.

Lineboro: Firefighters from Manchester, Hampstead and Pleasant Valley assisted Lineboro at 12: 01 p.m. Sunday, responding to a chimney fire in the 4500 block of York Road No. 1.

Hampstead: Firefighters assisted Baltimore County at 1: 08 a.m. Sunday, responding to a house fire on Black Rock at Trenton roads.

Lineboro: Firefighters from Manchester and Hampstead assisted Lineboro at 6: 19 p.m. Saturday, responding to a house fire in the 4700 block of Baughman Mill Road.

Hampstead: Firefighters from Manchester and Arcadia assisted Hampstead at 7: 05 p.m. Saturday, responding to a chimney fire in the 1100 block of Broadmore Court. Units were out 35 minutes.

Pub Date: 3/10/98

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