Worker, 22, loses hand in shredder

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October 18, 2005|By ANNIE LINSKEY | ANNIE LINSKEY,SUN REPORTER

A 22-year-old worker lost his right hand yesterday when it became ensnared in a paper shredder he was operating at the Athelas Institute office in Hanover, authorities said.

Dan Parks, 22, of Owings Mills was taken by helicopter to Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore and was being was being prepared for surgery at the hospital's Curtis Hand Center yesterday afternoon, according to hospital spokeswoman Debra Schindler-Kohlhepp. Parks was in stable condition.

A company employee called for help at 11:52 a.m., said Capt. Rich Wojciechowski, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.

According to the company's Web site, Athelas Institute Inc. is based in Columbia and is geared for "individuals with developmental disabilities."

annie.linskey@baltsun.com

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