A man was airlifted to Charleston, SC, after having both hands crushed in a machine at International Paper Co. in Georgetown, SC, officials said.

The victim was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina, said Georgetown County Fire Chief Mack Reed.

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The man is an employee, said Josh Fleming of International Paper. 

International Paper released a statement after the May 14 incident, calling the situation a “safety incident.”

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“Our thoughts are with our team member, along with family and friends, during this difficult time,” the statement said. “The safety of our team is International Paper’s most important value, and we are focused on looking out for each other and working to prevent incidents from taking place.”

The mill had about $50,000 worth of wire spindles stolen back in March.

International Paper, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, has nearly 56,000 employees across more than 20 countries.

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