The man injured Wednesday in an accident at the Gem Forest Products sawmill lost his arm at the shoulder, a family member told the Idaho Statesman Thursday.
Surgeons removed half of the 24-year-old’s shoulder blade and part of his clavicle, the family member said. The man will remain at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise for a couple of days to be monitored before returning home to recover.
Authorities have not yet released the man’s name. The family member asked to not be identified for now to maintain the family’s privacy.
The man was hurt shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday when he put his hand in the head of a moving conveyor, according to a sawmill manager. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident.