The Ministry of Labour is investigating after a St. Charles College student was injured in a shop class incident at around 11 a.m. Oct. 18
The Grade 12 student lost “three, maybe four fingers” while using a jointer in the class, said Catherine McCullough, director of education with the Sudbury Catholic District School Board.
Because of the grinding action of the piece of machinery, those at the scene weren't able to recover enough of the digits for them to be sewed back on at hospital, she said.
McCullough said the student's condition is stable.
“A teacher on site who is an instructor for first aid for other individuals was the one who administered the bandage,” she said. “Even the paramedics commented what an exemplary job they did. We're very lucky.”
It was “a very unfortunate accident, but I have to commend the entire school team for such swift action,” McCullough said.
The Ministry of Labour has inspected the classroom, but has since released the scene of the accident, she said.
“Their report clearly indicated that it was found that the equipment was properly maintained,” McCullough said.
She said the shop class teacher was in the room at the time of the accident, “and certainly practised due diligence.”
The board's shop teachers actually just went through “comprehensive training” Sept. 28, McCullough said. “The good news is that had just been done,” she said.