A veteran worker at the Hiland Roberts dairy plant just northwest of downtown Omaha was injured early Wednesday in an industrial accident, a company official said.
The worker suffered a hand injury about 12:30 a.m. and was taken to Nebraska Medical Center in critical condition.
Brian Breci, Hiland Roberts' general manager, declined to release the worker's name and age, but he said the injured worker suffered a laceration and broken finger and the tip of the thumb on his right hand was severed in the “minor accident.''
The injury occurred while the man was working in the plant's blow-mold operation where plastic jugs are made, he said.
Breci said the worker, an 11-year employee at Hiland Roberts, was in good spirits and was resting Wednesday at the med center. Breci said he planned to visit the worker later Wednesday after the man's broken finger had been set.
How the injury occurred was still being investigated, Breci said, although there was no malfunction in the blow-mold operation at the time of the accident.
The plant, which employs about 200 workers, is situated on the southeast corner of 30th and Cuming Streets.
Hiland operates 10 plants in cities across the Midwest, including one in Norfolk, Neb.