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Man loses both feet in mishap at work

It is not clear how the accident at Kane's Furniture occurred.

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 3, 2002

PINELLAS PARK -- A 26-year-old man had his feet cut off by a trash compactor in a workplace accident Saturday, and surgeons were trying to reattach them.

Christopher Dean Jackson's feet were amputated about 4:30 p.m. inside the large Kane's Furniture distribution center at 5700 70th Ave. N, police said. He was conscious when paramedics arrived, and he was flown by helicopter to Tampa General Hospital.

The worker was loading cardboard boxes into a large compactor, and the lower parts of his legs were severed when they got caught in the machine, said District Chief Arthur Winquist of the Pinellas Park Fire Department.

"They will try to do a reattachment," Winquist said. "I can't tell you how successful they're going to be, but we're hopeful."

Jackson was still undergoing surgery late Saturday night, and he remained in critical condition, hospital officials said.

It was not immediately clear how the accident happened. Firefighters said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration would likely investigate.

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