Y-12 Worker Returns to Work

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) -- A sheet metal worker who lost part of a finger to a metal roller at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant returned to work the same day after a trip to the hospital.

The worker was trying to bend a piece of metal Tuesday and was wearing a glove to avoid being cut. The metal roller he was using caught his glove and pulled his finger in.

He was able to reverse the machine and remove his hand but part of his index finger already had been crushed and had to be amputated up to the knuckle.

The plant makes warhead parts and is the country's principal storehouse for weapons grade uranium.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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