66-year-old man severs arm in Rockland industrial accident, police say

An initial investigation shows he was "working on a machine when his arm got caught and pulled into the gears," officials said.

A 66-year-old Pembroke man severed his arm while working with industrial machinery in Rockland Friday morning but is expected to survive after quick action from first responders, police say.

Authorities responded around 5:50 a.m. to an emergency call at National Coating Corp., 105 Industrial Way, reporting a man suffering a serious injury, according to a statement from Rockland police.

At the scene, Sgt. Thomas MacDonald and Officer Mark Nota found the man sitting in a chair “with a pool of blood beneath him,” officials said. His left arm had been severed at the elbow.

“A fellow employee had made a makeshift tourniquet with a t-shirt, but the victim was still losing large amounts of blood from his wound,” police said in the statement.


MacDonald told Nota to get medical supplies from the police cruiser, according to officials. MacDonald then used a kit to put a tourniquet over the wound, stopping the bleeding.

Firefighters arrived minutes later and provided the victim with additional care before they brought him to South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.

The victim was later brought to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, according to police.

An initial investigation shows the victim was “working on a machine when his arm got caught and pulled into the gears,” authorities said.

“I want to commend both our officers who responded and immediately took action that likely saved this man’s life,” police Chief John Llewellyn said in a statement. “Our officers never know what they are going into when they respond to an incident.”