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Sun., Oct. 4
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Teen seriously injured while working at Violi’s Thursday night


MASSENA - A Massena teen was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital following a workplace accident Thursday night at Violi’s Restaurant in Massena.

Massena Village Police Chief Timmy J. Currier said his department responded to the restaurant at 8:36 p.m. Thursday, but is no longer involved in the investigation.

“Once we got there and figured out what it was our department was out of it and it became a rescue squad call,” Mr. Currier said.

Brett M. Bouchard, 17, was injured Thursday night while cleaning the restaurant’s pasta making machine.

Mr. Bouchard was in critical condition as of 7:45 p.m. Friday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

He severed his right arm at the elbow, manager Mia Violi said.

Restaurant employees are now trying to figure out how the machine turned on when Mr. Bouchard was cleaning it.

Ross Violi, who owns the restaurant with his brother Dominic, said this was the first accident in the restaurant’s long history.

“We never had an accident in 67 years,” he said while standing outside the restaurant on Friday morning. “We’re all still in shock. One of our employees severed his arm last night.”

Mr. Violi, who did not name Mr. Bouchard, did say that he was at a hospital in Boston.

“We hope it turns out the best for him,” Mr. Violi said. “That’s about all I can say right now.”

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administrtion) spokesman Andre J. Bowser said that as of 3 p.m. Friday he was unsure whether OSHA would be conducting an inspection at the restuarant.

“We are still awaiting word on whether or not an inspection will take place,” Mr. Bowser said, explaning that the nearest OSHA office is in Syracuse and if an inspection were to take place the inspector would be driving from Syracuse to Massena.

Once OSHA receives word of an accident, Mr. Bowser said the agency will then decide whether to conduct an inspection of the scene.

“If a worker goes to the hospital or unfortunately dies that can fall into OSHA’s jurisdiction,” he said.

“There’s a lot of prayers going out to him,” Ms. Violi said.

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