Saved from a Car Wash

Stephanie Carpluk of Easthampton, Massachusetts was at work at the Golden Nozzle car wash Sunday when her scarf became entangled in the spinning machinery. She lost consciousness as the scarf tightened around her neck. John O'Leary, whose car was moving through the wash, jumped out and cut the scarf with his pocket knife.
The next thing Carpluk remembers is waking up in the arms of a stranger who was encouraging her to breathe.

"I started hearing little things like, 'You're breathing. You're going to be alright. You're back. Just stay with me, stay with me,'" Carpluk said.

After cutting Carpluk free from the scarf, O'Leary administered CPR until she began breathing again.

Carpluk is recovering from severe bruising. Link -via Arbroath

(image credit: WBZ)

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1) She should have known better.
2) Her boss should have known better.
3) The entire chain's safety programs should be reviewed.
4) OSHA had better be involved with this- a safety fine ought to be levied
5) An outside auditor should be appointed to ensure that they follow the new safety training courses

This is a near miss. This isn't a story about a fast thinking hero, this is a story about a dead girl who got a second chance.

Zero tolerance for loose clothing in any area that involves moving parts and machines.
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I stopped carrying a pocket knife after 9/11 when they started restricting everything on airplanes. My knife was taken when I forgot to leave it home one day when traveling. No more knife.
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